bicycle parts can be produced by yourself using the FDM process

The concept is to show that low-cost FDM 3D printing can now be used with adapted geometries to produce bicycle parts cheaply and independently.

The focus is not only on individuality and weight optimisation on fast bikes, which is very popular in our affluent society, but also on usability in all social classes, as well as in fab labs and refugee camps. Particularly in this environment, it is often the individual parts that are needed and difficult to obtain. In these areas it would be advantageous to offer the possibility of 3D printing.

The series consists of: brake handles, lamp holder, child seat for the top tube with corresponding footrests, mudguard, a stand and various holders. These can be mounted and dismounted without tools thanks to the parametric connecting element that can be adapted to each bike. A strip of old bicycle tube protects them from slipping and protects the paint on the frame from scratches.

The plastic PLA used is biocompatible, 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It is produced from lactic acid, which can be produced bacterially from plant starch or which falls off during milk production.

The bicycle parts created by me are functional directly after printing and could be modified or extended by users with appropriate knowledge.

The potential users get the 3D files from me free of charge to enable the uncomplicated use in fab lab, self-help workshop and refugee shelters.

printable 3D-4-VELO bicycle parts on Thingiverse

bike provided by The Hunt Cycling

semester project 'Beyond the Lab' supervised by professor Christian Zöllner

bachelor project Industrial Design