The added value is also in the cooperation itself: 3D-printing a bike is not such a big deal any more. What 3D-printing really needs nowadays, is cooperation. Beyond the hype, there’s a world in which we have to work together – both in- and outside the AM ecosystem. Flanders is ready for that reality.
A second reason for creating the bike, is the 3D-hype itself: 3D-printing has been tremendously hyped, yet many companies are barely aware of the actual potential of Additive Manufacturing. The bike is therefore a demonstration tool created to inform companies as well as educational institutions.
The result of the cooperation was revealed during an important business- and cycling event at the famous “Zolder Race Circuit” on August 27th. The bike will afterwards travel around to events and fairs with the main aim of informing companies and schools on the possibilities of Additive Manufacturing.
The following companies and research institutes collaborated on the Bike: 3D&I, 3Dee, Formando, Hoet, KULeuven, Layered Prints, Materialise, MT3D, REIN4CED, RSPrint, Sirris, T&M Solutions, Tenco DDM, Ugent and Vamac.
The creation of the bicycle was also supported by: Ridley Bikes, r-l-f, Mobi-bikes, Bodycote IMT, koopjefiets.be and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
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