The mountain-bike powered electrically and produced through a 3D printer, which can be tailor-made to suit the individual requirements of clients, was presented by a Slovak company on October 20, the Sme daily wrote. The company claims it is the first product of its type worldwide. Kinazo Design printed it through the Volkswagen printer.
“The advantage of 3D printing lies in the fact that each piece can be original,” legal representative of Kinazo Design, Patrik Paul said. He added that 3D printing enables making a bike frame without the necessity of welding the pieces together, and it also enables keeping the design when the firmness of the wheels must be increased.
“Thanks to the innovative possibilities of 3D printing, with the use of globally the biggest 3D printer, we produce for sectors all over the world: prototypes, small series, components, as well as tools and appliances,” Jens Kellerbach, board member for Volkswagen Slovakia finances, informed in a press release. He added that VW Slovakia primarily produces for the automotive industry but they also cooperate with external clients on innovative and technologically demanding solutions.
The unique aluminium frame of the electric enduro mountain-bike, enabling individual features for each piece, is one of them.