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28th August 2019, Milpitas, CA

3D-printed carbon fibre unibody bike frame at Eurobike 2019

Frames currently in volume production at Milpitas manufacturing centre. © Arevo

Frames currently in volume production at Milpitas manufacturing centre. © Arevo

Arevo, the Silicon Valley company redefining composites manufacturing through digitalisation, will display its 3D-printed carbon fibre unibody production bike frame in the stand of manufacturing partner Oechsler at Eurobike 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from 4-7 September. The company will also display the 3D printed thermoplastic rim, designed by Eurobike Gold Award-winning industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest.

The company is also offering demonstration rides on an e-bike featuring this innovative frame and material, similar to that announced earlier this year at the Sea Otter Classic in California. It will announce next week a new e-bike frame design and a new customer for it. The customer, a bike industry leader based in the Netherlands, will display this new e-bike in the Eurobike exhibition hall.

“Arevo is making a significant impact in the bike manufacturing industry – and in areas such as urban mobility – via its Arevo DNA technology, which  is unique in the additive manufacturing (AM) world as it features patented software algorithms enabling generative design techniques, free-motion robotics for True 3D construction, and direct energy deposition for virtually void free construction all optimised for anisotropic composite materials,” the company reports.

The Arevo DNA AM process takes the design and final manufacture of a bike frame from 18 months to just a few days at a significant reduction in product development costs.  Other benefits include:

  • Serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts that are made with thermoplastic materials
  • A replacement of a laborious manual process with a fully automated, “lights out” production model
  • Delivering on the promise of localised manufacturing or “on-shoring
  • A much greater freedom of design for bike manufacturers that creates the possibility of fully customised bikes

Mr Stephens has worked closely with Arevo for more than a year now and will elaborate upon these concepts in a presentation entitled 3D Printing Carbon Fibre Frames for Production on 5 September. “Arevo DNA offers a new paradigm for product designers, it forever changes how we can design and build anything,” he said. “This technology allows us to push design boundaries in a way that was impossible until now.  Arevo is changing the paradigm to ‘Manufacturing for Design’.”

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