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Industry case study: rapid prototype of mountain bike frame section

Collins, Paul, Leen, Robert and Gibson, Ian 2016, Industry case study: rapid prototype of mountain bike frame section, Virtual and physical prototyping, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 295-303, doi: 10.1080/17452759.2016.1222563.

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Title Industry case study: rapid prototype of mountain bike frame section
Author(s) Collins, Paul
Leen, Robert
Gibson, IanORCID iD for Gibson, Ian orcid.org/0000-0002-4149-9122
Journal name Virtual and physical prototyping
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 295
End page 303
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1745-2759
1745-2767
Keyword(s) prototype
additive manufacturing
product development
3D printing
cycling
Summary The purpose of this study is to detail a virtual and physical prototyping process to overcome a design constraint in the mountain bike industry. Through a series of techniques, 3D scanning, developing detailed CAD models, then through additive manufacturing processes, a solution wasdeveloped. The challenge in the industry is the constant geometrical changes of components; the trend has been that bike cranks are becoming narrower due to biomechanical factors and tyres are becoming wider due to rider preferences and increased grip. This change in geometry results in metal tubes that can no longer be deformed without exceeding the minimum bend radius for the material. As such exceeding the minimum bend radius will induce early performance failure and geometrical (aesthetic) defects. The solution is an additivemanufactured part that can be substituted into the process without disrupting the entire conventional build process of a customised bike build.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17452759.2016.1222563
Field of Research 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086218

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