Apr 12, 2019 | By Thomas
Silicon Valley company AREVO has announced a partnership with boutique bike manufacturer Franco Bicycles to deliver the world’s first 3D printed, continuous carbon fiber single-piece unibody frame for a new line of eBikes.
The new Emery ONE eBike, featuring a unibody bike frame construction uniquely enabled by the AREVO technology that is setting a new benchmark in high-performance bikes. The AREVO frame is made as a single part, in contrast to current composite frames, which are made of many parts glued together. With AREVO’s intelligent continuous carbon fiber placement, unprecedented structural integrity and stability are achieved.
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.
The frames are in production now at AREVO’s new multi-purpose facility in Milpitas and this achievement with the Emery ONE represents several breakthroughs for bicycle manufacturers. The company says these breakthroughs 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 localized 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-customized bikes made on an “on demand” basis, an approach AREVO calls “DESIGN. PRINT. GO.”
“This is the first Composite Additive-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.”
Renowned industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest collaborated with the AREVO and Franco teams to design the Emery ONE bike frame.
The companies will showcase the new « Emery ONE » eBike in booth S9 at the Sea Otter Classic bicycling event in Monterey, California, April 11 – 14.
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