lunes, febrero 09, 2015

construye tu bici de carbono en el garage


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¿Cómo fabricar un cuadro de fibra de carbono? Con una impresora 3D y mucho ingenio

Si alguna vez nos hemos preguntado si es posible fabricar una bicicleta de carbono en nuestra propia casa sin necesidad de recurrir a tecnologías sólo al alcance de los grandes fabricantes, la respuesta es sí. Adrian Smith hace uso de la tecnología de impresión en 3D para fabricar moldes de sus diseños basados en CAD, y después usa la fibra de carbono para cubrir dichos moldes y producir el producto final. Smith construyó su propia impresora 3D desde cero utilizando material de bajo coste, y desde entonces se dedica a la fabricación de componentes y bicicletas de carbono bajo su propia marca, Carbon Wasp, en el garaje de su casa de Londres.


How to print your own mountain bike
Want a fully carbon MTB? All you need is a 3D printer, says bike builder Adrian Smith.

© Scott Marshall/Cut Media
22 January 2015
Rajiv Desai
Fettler (n): an individual craftsman or group of craftsmen committed to achieving perfection via hands-on moulding, sculpting and working of raw materials. Typically found in sheds.

In the second feature of our Fettlers series that looks at some of the most incredible homemade bikes, the focus turns to carbon and specifically the process used by one bike builder to make his own carbon fibre-based mountain bike frames and components.

Adrian Smith uses 3D printing technology to manufacture the moulds for his CAD-based designs, and then uses carbon fibre fabric to lay over the moulds and produce the final part.

The costs of 3D printers have come down in recent years and are no longer the preserve of big businesses. In Smith's case, he built his own 3D printer up from scratch at relatively low cost. Since then he hasn't looked back and has built several inexpensive XC and Downhill bikes under his Carbon Wasp brand name in his home garage in Leeds, UK.

Our first Fettlers episode featured the tale of Michael Johnson's SplinterBike, a bike made from wood. Watch here for the story of that build.


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