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AREVO to Manufacture World’s First 3D-Printed Carbon Fiber Unibody Bike Frames for New Line of eBikes from Franco Bicycles

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AREVO,
the Silicon Valley company redefining global composites manufacturing
through digitalization, today announced a partnership with boutique bike
manufacturer Franco
Bicycles
to deliver the world’s first 3D printed, continuous carbon
fiber single-piece unibody frame for a new line of eBikes Franco will
sell under the “Emery
brand. The companies will showcase the new “Emery ONE” eBike in
booth S9 at the Sea
Otter Classic
bicycling event in Monterey, California, April 11 –
14, during exhibition hours.

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The new Emery ONE eBike, featuring a unibody bike frame construction uniquely enabled by the AREVO t ...

The new Emery ONE eBike, featuring a unibody bike frame construction uniquely enabled by the AREVO technology that is setting a new benchmark in high-performance bikes (Photo: Business Wire)

AREVO DNA™ technology is unique in the additive manufacturing (AM) world
as it features patented software algorithms enabling generative design
techniques, free-motion robotics for “True 3D” construction, and direct
energy deposition for virtually void free construction all optimized for
anisotropic composite materials.

Further a unibody bike frame construction uniquely enabled by AREVO
technology is setting a new benchmark in high-performance bikes. The
AREVO frame is made as a single part, in contrast to current composite
frames, which are made of many parts glued together. With AREVO’s
intelligent continuous carbon fiber placement, unprecedented structural
integrity and stability are achieved.

Finally, the AREVO DNA AM process takes the design and final manufacture
of a bike frame from 18 months to just a few days at a significant
reduction in product development costs.

The frames are in production now at AREVO’s new multi-purpose facility
in Milpitas and this achievement with the Emery ONE represents
several breakthroughs for bicycle manufacturers, with implications for
other industries as well. These breakthroughs include:

  • True serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts that are
    made with thermoplastic materials, which are tougher, durable and
    recyclable, as compared to brittle and non-recyclable thermoset
    materials
  • A replacement of a laborious manual process with a fully-automated,
    “lights out” production model
  • Delivering on the promise of localized manufacturing or “on-shoring,”
    which creates greater independence for bike brands
  • A much greater “freedom of design” for bike manufacturers that creates
    the possibility of fully-customized bikes made on an “on demand”
    basis, an approach AREVO calls “DESIGN. PRINT. GO.™”

“We chose AREVO technology because its iterative and flexible design
represents the new age in composites manufacturing, and we wanted to be
the first bike company to help lead this revolution,” said Hector
Rodriguez, Co-Founder of Emery Bikes. “AREVO’s continuous carbon fiber
technology has been instrumental in achieving the ride quality and
high-performance requirements we set out to accomplish with the Emery
ONE
.”

“This is the first Composite Additive-Manufactured bike frame and it
represents an important milestone for the AM industry as AREVO is
delivering on the promise of on-demand manufacturing of composite parts
in volume now,” said Hemant Bheda, AREVO Co-Founder and Chairman. “With
the introduction of the Emery ONE, the transformation of the
global composite bike industry has begun.”

Renowned industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest
collaborated with the AREVO and Franco teams to design the Emery ONE
bike frame.

“AREVO DNA offers a new paradigm for product designers, it forever
changes how we can design and build anything,” said Mr. Stephens. “This
technology allows us to push design boundaries in a way that was
impossible until now. AREVO is changing the paradigm to ‘Manufacturing
for Design’.”

Visitors to the Sea Otter Classic can meet Mr. Stephens and view the new Emery
ONE
eBike at the Franco Bicycles / Emery Booth (S9) on Friday, April
12th, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, to learn how AREVO DNA is
revolutionizing the future of bike design.

About AREVO, Inc.
AREVO is
delivering the future of composite manufacturing today through
breakthrough advancements in software, materials, and robotics. Through
enabling the 3D printing of large, mass-produced parts and structures
from bikes to airplanes, AREVO is revolutionizing mainstream
manufacturing and the global supply chain. www.arevo.com

About Emery Bikes
Emery
believes movement sparks life. Emery is delivering innovative and
transformational e-mobility products that fit into your daily life.
Their first product, the Emery ONE, is an electric adventure
bicycle ready to tackle any road or terrain. www.emerybikes.com