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3D Printed Carbon Fiber Could Come to Wevolver’s Open Source Tinker Motorcycle

by • April 4, 2016 • No Comments

  • Set on providing the maker community with accessible open source hardware projects, Wevolver has taken the DIY scene by storm with projects such as the 3D printed InMoov robot or their CNC-based motorcycle kit, the Tinker. But many like to meacertain the importance of additive producing (3D printing) and subtractive producing (eg. CNC milling) in comparison to one another, in reality, both technologies can be utilized to complement, and actually sometimes, enhance one another. This is evident in the latest news ‘wevolving’ around the Tinker bike, which claims which 3D printed carbon fibre “trick parts” may be included in the turn it into of the city design of the motorcycle, which can come equipped with additional storage space space for Tinker motorcycle riders.


    But, it’s significant to note which 3D printing can just play a supporting role in the return it into of the Tinker, which is heavily dependent on other CAD-based producing technologies outside of the 3D printing realm. Designed by Jack Lennie, the Tinker takes advantage of the lowered cost and CO2 footprint which comes with producing with other CAD-driven machines outside of the 3D printing realm, such as CNC milling. But, many of the tools requireed to turn it into the Tinker motorcycle kit can be discovered in you average Makerspace. Details surrounding the city design of the Tinker, which is said to come with 3D printable carbon fibre parts inside the turn it into, are yet spare as of now.


    It in addition remains unknown whether or not these 3D printable carbon fibre parts can be manufactured on a carbon fibre-based computer 3D printing device, such as the $5,499 Markforged Mark Two. If not, makers may have to turn to a additional industrial system to turn it into the 3D printed “trick parts”. But yet, you have to imagine which anyone bringing on an ambitious, yet stirring project such as the Tinker motorcycle, can have a Makerspace and many tools at their disposal. Not just is the bike modeled with material cost in mind, but Lennie was in addition certain to turn it into the Tinker to be put together without the require for difficult and specialty tools, producing it an perfect project for any experience level (so long as you have the necessary tools).

    “Tinker is turn it intoed in such a way to turn it into a striking, one-of-a-kind aesthetic which remains balanced and aesthetically pleasing no matter what engine inside its long list of compatibility is fitted,”Lennie writes on the Tinker project page. “Designed to be put together with easy, non-specialist tools and to allow maximum customization, Tinker is a bike for the beginner, weekend shed turn it intoer, enthusiast or pro turn it intoer alike; enabling for a custom bike tailored by the user, for the user.”


    The Tinker motorcycle is capable of reaching speeds ranging anywhere of 70-140 mph, and is said to exceed road safety standards around the world. As someone with a box-sized New York City apartment and a computer 3D printing device, I don’t ponder I’ll have the opportunity to mill myself a Tinker motorcycle, but it’s amazing to hear which 3D printing innovation can most likely play a role, yet minor, in the future iteration of the Tinker motorcycle kit.

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