Arevo to Produce 3D-Printed Carbon Fiber Unibody Bike Frames
The Arevo frame is made as a single part, in contrast to current composite frames, which are made of many parts glued together.
Silicon Valley-based Arevo announced a partnership with boutique bike manufacturer Franco Bicycles to deliver a reported “world’s first” 3D printed, continuous carbon fiber single-piece unibody frame for a new line of eBikes Franco that will sell under the “Emery” brand.
Arevo DNA additive manufacturing (AM) technology 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 optimized for anisotropic composite materials. For instance, the Arevo bike frame is made as a single part, in contrast to current composite frames, which are made of many parts glued together.
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.
The company believes that this represents several breakthroughs for bicycle manufacturers, with implications for other industries as well including true serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts. These parts are composed with thermoplastic materials, which are tougher, durable and recyclable, as compared to brittle and non-recyclable thermoset materials.
“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,” says Hemant Bheda, Arevo Co-Founder and Chairman.
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