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Designer conceives Continuous Loop Bicycle frame with 3D printing in mind

AM opens up possibilities for an entirely new "without-end" approach

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The idea of DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing) explores how parts can be designed specifically to leverage the expanded geometric possibilities afforded by additive manufacturing technologies. Until now this approach – implemented primarily by forward-thinking engineers – has focused on lattices and trabecular structures to reduce a part’s weight. However, this may be just a scratch on the proverbial surface as many other possibilities exist to exploit mold-less production. For example, the creation of “without-end” designs to replace complex multi-part assemblies. This is exactly what designer Steve Jenkins did in the Continuous Loop Bicycle project recently published on the Yanko Design network.

Continuous Loop Bicycle

The never-ending loop that makes up the bicycle frame is about as lateral thinking as it gets as it breaks from traditional style and manufacturing. It is conceived to utilize 3D printing technology to be manufactured in a single piece, resulting in an unusual shape that is somewhat remindful of a tied up balloon animal figure.

Entirely new design approaches are sometimes strange to see and this is no different. Unlike engineers, designers can explore these without focusing solely on functionality. However the idea of producing complex parts as single objects is a key element in advancing additive manufacturing. If that is the case, the Continuous Loop Bicycle may go a long way.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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