Germany-based CirComp, which manufactures products based on high performance composite materials, has announced that in collaboration with design company Paul Martin and partners of the Kunststoffnetzwerk Rheinland-Pfalz, it has produced the first model of a futuristic isogrid bicycle.
The bike was designed as integral lattice structure, or net of carbon fibre, and the company says good lightweight potential was created by following organic pattern in filament winding technology with continuous carbon fibre reinforced ribs.
CirComp says that the high strength and stiffness of continuous carbon fibre composite surpass the potential of 3D printed structures. The company highlights that the integral grid structure of the IsoGridBike allows futuristic design and the implementation of bionic forms. It states the technology platform could be used for other applications in robotics, medical technology and mechanical engineering.