What happens when you introduce a visionary creator of bicycles in Germany to Oerlikon’s creative and passionate additive manufacturing team? You come up with a one-of-a-kind bicycle unmatched by any competitor and a dream for bicycle enthusiasts who want a comfortable and safe bike while riding in nature.
Urwahn founder Sebastian Meinecke praises the successful, multi-year collaboration with Oerlikon’s team in its Barleben production facility. “How was I able to turn my vision of additive manufacturing into a mass production operation?”
Oerlikon AM engineers Peter Boettner and Andreas Schrader worked with Sebastian Meinecke to create a bicycle and components using additive manufacturing that could not be manufactured using traditional methodologies.
The team worked together from concept creation to materials selection to product development and engineering, to final 3-D printing of a unique bicycle.
This bicycle frame does not look like the traditional trapezoidal bike frame – it uses rear wheel elastic suspension to ensure a comfortable ride. The lightweight frame has integrated LED lighting and a GPS tracking system, important for offroad bicyclists.
Oerlikon’s Balzer’s group added a protective BALINIT CROMA PLUS coating in the color rainbow, because cool bikes need to look cool too.
Mobility and transportation is an innovative and rapidly developing industry well suited for additive manufacturing, which can print complex metal components.
Oerlikon is proud to partner with dreamers.