During the London Bike Show, which took place from April 21 to 23, the Canyon company presented its 3D printed bicycle prototype for the first time. To be more specific, the frame was created using a laser powder bed fusion solution, which printed the bicycle component in three parts. The main objective of this project was to create a more environmentally friendly bicycle. By using additive manufacturing, Canyon is taking a more sustainable approach, minimizing the amount of materials needed and promoting local production.
It was the German magazine BIKE that launched “Ride Green”, a project that revolves around a central question: is it possible to build a sustainable bicycle? Providing the best possible answer to this question, Canyon suggested an interesting method, designing one with additive manufacturing. Canyon’s prototype bike joins the many initiatives we’ve seen develop in recent months: bike and equipment manufacturers are leveraging 3D technologies to deliver bespoke, high-performance and in many cases more durable solutions. .
Canyon 3D printed the bike frame
Canyon decided to use additive manufacturing to design the frame with a trellis structure, thus minimizing the amount of material used while maintaining high performance. After analyzing the market, the company chose to use Laser Powder Bed Fusion and selected recycled aluminum. The print was made by 3D printing service Materialise. The frame was split into three parts, each requiring 6 hours of printing. Frame and fork weight is only 4 pounds, according to Canyon.
Several other brands then participated in the project by supplying the other components; each was made with recyclable materials, helping to always keep the project’s focus on more environmentally friendly production. Canyon has no plans to release this ATV at this time, but it’s still interesting to see how brands are exploring new design methods. If you want to know more about Canyon and their other bikes, visit their website HERE.
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*Cover photo credits: Wolfgang Watzke