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Hexcel Carbon Fibre Supports 3D-Printed Commuter Bicycle

12 June 2018

Hexcel Carbon Fibre Supports 3D-Printed Commuter Bicycle

Hexcel reports that its carbon fibre is being used in the world’s first 3D-printed commuter bike, produced by Arevo.

To demonstrate its software and robotics at work, Arevo, based in Santa Clara, California, partnered with StudioWest to create the world’s first true 3D-printed carbon fibre bicycle. A reimagined form factor removed a seat stay between the seat and back wheel, adding strength and simplicity.

Conventional 3D printers typically print in two dimensions on a stacked horizontal plane. Arevo’s robotic arm makes all axes available enabling true 3D printing, removing design constraints and providing the freedom to create.

Arevo is using the bike to demonstrate the potential of the technology, which will be used to produce lightweight parts with superior strength for applications where designers want to make carbon fibre parts but are hesitant due to the high cost and labour-intensive process of making them.

“It was great to have Hexcel – a leader in advanced carbon fibre – join this project with us," says Arevo CEO Jim Miller. "With companies like Hexcel as partners, we are certain that we have the technology, team and tools in place to commercialise our software and fabrication process to build high strength parts that the manufacturing industry hasn’t been able to conceive and construct before.”

Arevo recently secured financing to build on the full-scale commercialisation of its technology across a diverse set of industries such as aerospace, defence, transportation, automotive, consumer electronics, sporting goods, medical, and oil and gas.

“We congratulate Arevo on this technological leap forward," states Brett Schneider, Hexcel President – Global Fibres. "We’re excited to be part of the project and appreciate the trust they have in our products. We look forward to continuing to be a supplier for many more projects like this one.”


Photo provided by Hexcel




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