While 3D printing is altering transport in many varying ways, especially when paired up with all sorts of modern tech. It appears one company is looking to modernise travel by mixing in every new tech under the sun. Silicon Valley-based Arevo has just announced the launch of their new battery assisted, carbon fiber bike. Their 3D printing method involves software, robotics, machine learning and thermoplastic materials.
Many are referring to Arevo’s newest model as an e-bike, and it’s easy to see why. Arevo teamed up with automotive manufacturer OESCHLER to make use of their DRIVEMATIC three-speed automatic gearbox. The bike also features a host of features such as Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. These features allow the owner to keep track of the bike’s battery life, speed data and positioning/distance.
The CEO of OESCHLER stated in an interview that he finds he partnership with Arevo to be a very fruitful one. “With AREVO’S ability to quickly produce custom bike frames, we’ll be able to meet the increasing demand for eBikes at a fraction of the time, cost and environmental impact of the standard bike production process.”
3D Printing the e-Bike
“We have created a new paradigm for manufacturing that empowers businesses to create and source products locally by leveraging advancements in dynamic software and automation,” said Jim Miller, CEO of AREVO. “The development of the eBike has proven that we can 3D print a new product when needed, at a low cost and localize the manufacturing process – significantly cutting down on the process and time it has taken historically to create bike frames.”
This isn’t Arevo’s first foray in bicycles and 3D printing. Previously, the company made the world’s first printed all terrain city bike back in May. Their mix of various technologies gives designers the ultimate freedom to make the bike that they see fit. Arevo also make use of a robotic arm-based 3D printing tech that allows for increased range of motion. By allowing for additional axes, the robot arm can remove a lot of design constraints.
Arevo’s main draw is their ability to combine these technologies, so as to make a cohesive production method. As a result, AREVO’s bikes are customisable and unique. They take into account individual riders needs at scale, and manufacture anywhere in the world.
Featured image courtesy of Arevo.