Friedrichshafen, Germany — 3D printing for bicycles frames and seats is on full display at the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Sept. 4-7.
Silicon Valley technology company Arevo DNA will produce 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody frames for the new line of e-bikes from Dutch designer and producer of bicycles Pilot Distribution Group BV.
The new bike, called EVE9, is on display at Eurobike, billed as the world's largest cycling show.
"Arevo's continuous carbon fiber technology is very impressive as it affords numerous design possibilities and provides excellent strength and durability," said Arno Pieterse from Pilot, describing the technology as "truly a revolution in composites manufacturing."
The new deal marks Arevo's second major customer win in the cycling industry within the last six months.
In April, the company announced a deal with boutique bike manufacturer Franco Bicycles to deliver continuous carbon fiber, single-piece unibody frames for the company's Emery brand of e-bikes.
According to Arevo, Emery frames, which are of a different design, are already in volume production at Arevo's headquarters manufacturing center in Milpitas, Calif.
Arevo claims that its patented software algorithms enable generative design techniques and free-motion robotics for "True 3D" construction.
In addition, the company said, the algorithms allow for "direct energy deposition for virtually void-free construction all optimized for anisotropic composite materials."