THOK recently developed a new aluminum prototype version of its full suspension e-bike using 3D-printing, marking a first for the industry.
“We prioritize performance by testing the geometry and components of our bikes on trails. Metal 3D printing is an ideal method for producing fully functional prototypes and components for final use that may be impossible to create with traditional methods, as it saves time and reduces costs,” says THOK.
3D-printing is ideal for creating fully functional prototypes and components for final use, which would otherwise be impossible to develop using conventional methods, resulting in unique, resistant and light components for the most complex applications.
The e-bike is a complex product, but using 3D-printing for a prototype enabled THOK and its aerospace partner to overcome many challenges by allowing them to analyze the interaction of multiple printed parts with each other, as well as the position of moving parts and the subsequent interfacing of the final components.
According to THOK, the process took about four weeks to complete, not including the design phase, which involved making a significant leap from the first Rapid Prototyped plastic model, to a fully functioning model tested on the ground without needing prototype molds or numerous CNC machined pieces.
The prototype was showcased to journalists at the THOK Tribe event held in Castiglione Della Pescaia, Italy earlier this month, where over 400 “Thokers” were present.
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