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World’s First 3D-Printed Carbon Fibre Unibody

  • Wednesday, 28th August 2019
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AREVO announces that it will display the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fibre unibody production bike frame in the stand of manufacturing partner Oechsler at Eurobike 2019.

The company will also display the world’s first 3D printed thermoplastic rim, designed by Eurobike Gold Award-winning industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest.

AREVO also is 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. Further, the company will announce next week a new e-bike frame design and a new customer for it.  This 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 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.   

For instance, 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: 

  • True serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts that are made with thermoplastic materials, which are tougher, durable and recyclable, as compared to brittle and non-recyclable thermoset 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’, which creates greater independence for bike brands
  • A much greater ‘freedom of design’ for bike manufacturers that creates the possibility of fully-customised bikes made on an ‘on demand’ basis, an approach AREVO calls ‘DESIGN. PRINT. GO.” 

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 Thursday, 5 September, 11:00 – 11:45 am. 

“AREVO DNA offers a new paradigm for product designers, it forever changes how we can design and build anything,” said Stephens. “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’.”

Hemant Bheda, Co-Founder and Chairman of AREVO and Stephens are available during exhibit hours for interviews with the press. Please contact AREVO’s media representative listed below for more information. 

Visit Arevo in Hall A1, stand 508 at Eurobike 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, 4-7 September 2019

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