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AREVO, a Silicon Valley company dedicated to direct digital additive manufacturing of composite materials, has partnership with Franco Bicycles, a Californian boutique bike manufacturer, to deliver 3D printed carbon fiber frames for a new line of eBikes.
Under the Emery bikes brand, the single-piece unibody frames have been integrated into the Emery ONE eBike, which is currently on display at the Sea Otter Classic bicycling event in Monterey, California.
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“This is the first Composite additively manufactured bike frame and it represents an important milestone for the AM industry as AREVO is delivering on the promise of on-demand manufacturing of composite parts in volume now,” said Hemant Bheda, AREVO Co-Founder and Chairman.
“WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE EMERY ONE, THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE GLOBAL COMPOSITE BIKE INDUSTRY HAS BEGUN.”
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The new Emery ONE eBike features a durable 3D printed unibody bike frame. Image via AREVO.
AREVO uses patented software algorithms enabling generative design techniques, and a multi-axis robotic additive manufacturing platform using Direct Energy Deposition (DED) to construction the bike frames. The company refers to this process as ‘True 3D printing’. According to AREVO, True 3D printing is optimized for anisotropic composite materials.
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The carbon fiber frame is made as a single part, as opposed to other composite bike frames. With help from Bill Stephens, an...
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