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Erembald Bikes: Laser Cutting Toward Innovation

Erembald Bikes: Laser Cutting Toward Innovation

Erembald Bikes: Laser Cutting Toward Innovation

It seems as though we can’t get enough of bicycles lately! Maybe it’s the change in weather? However, in today’s blog, we are going to discuss the Erembald bike as pictured above from Eleventwentyseven!

Thanks to Belgian industrial designer Tobias Knockaert and his partner Karel Vincke, the Eleventwentyseven’s stainless steel Erembald bike is in production!

As most may know, bicycles can be rather expensive, depending on the brand and the model.  That’s why these two inventors wanted to find a solution to the problem of bicycles that are expensive, mass produced and lack identity.

Their solution was the Erembald bike.

In order to keep the prices down on these bicycles and to add creativity and personality, both inventors utilized the technology of laser cutting to build its frame and then piece it together like a puzzle.

Erembald Bicycle

Here’s a closer look at the detail of this innovative bicycle, courtesy of Eleventwentyseven.

Each and every Erembald bike is made-to-order and is custom fit to the specific client.

This means that the bikes are then made with a non-adjustable seatpost and handlebar stem that’s designed to fit that particular person.

Not to mention, thanks to the technology of laser cutting, the person’s name is laser-etched right onto the bike’s frame.

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty details of the Erembald bike’s design process.

These bikes are made of tubes that are laser-cut to the size of the specific buyer and include interlocking bits at each end.

Once all of the tubes have been cut, they are then attached by hand and welded together.  To further showcase the capabilities of laser-cutting, the inventors cut a variety of designs out of each tube.

Though this practice does decrease the strength of the steel, it’s compensated for by using thicker-than-normal tubing.

As of right now, the cost of the Erembald bike is $1,700 and both Knockaert and Vincke are planning on releasing 50 single-speed bikes.

Furthermore, they are currently looking into a more cost-and-production-time effective system to better serve future clients.

Copyright Inventionland, 2015

Sources:

http://www.gizmag.com/erembald-laser-cut-bicycle/36526/

http://www.designboom.com/technology/erembald-bicycle-unique-laser-cut-belgium-03-11-2015/

http://interestingengineering.com/erembald-is-a-tailor-made-laser-cut-stainless-steel-bike/

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