One design firms in paris has developed a bike that demonstrates how the lines are transitioning between design, engineering and manufacturing. This trend shift will ultimately allow companies to tailor products for individuals.
The Solid is an unusual bicycle in which it’s 3D-printed out of titanium, which makes it unusually streamlined, it will take you on routes designed to help you discover a city as it allow sand tells you where to turn by buzzing signals in the handlebars. We also think it’s a look into the future where and how products will be built in the future.
The future of design and manufacturing is changing with innovative solutions such as 3D printing, and the industry is always thinking of new ways to go forward with designers and engineers working together under the same roof. We are Supafonica go a step further as we believe that designers and engineers should work seamlessly together in the same room as close as possible.
Figuring out the future and being innovative can be challenging. Decades prior, designers would come up with a product’s look on paper or mould it in clay, then hand it off to engineers who’d try to make it work in the real world. Nowadays, designers and engineers work simultaneously, scanning sketches, printing prototypes in plastic and iterating from one possibility to the next as fast as possible. One of the benefits of this transition is that it leads for rapid prototyping which can make or break a product from the beginning. We believe 3D printers, which fuse raw materials layer by layer into metal or plastic components, will open the door to new levels of customization which is why we have invested in this technology for the future.
If you have a designer who hands the work to an engineer, then that same person hands it to the software engineer, then the iterations are so long, it would take years to build what you a desiring for. We have all head of Chinese whispers, it will only doom a project. For example during that wait, products will be overtaken by competitors’ models or by new technology trends. We believe over the years have bled multiple skilled individuals into one team such as master artisans of design and art, as well as engineers across varied sectors.
“The future is about being as customisable as possible, bringing back personal, and bringing a more personal and tailored approach to products we use. Instead of buying something in size small, medium or large, you’ll buy it in “size me.
This approach will apply not only to cycles but to footwear, clothing, cars and much more. For example you may be able to scan yourself with your smart phone and based on that measurement give you a recommended fit. With more and more consumers shopping on the internet this makes even more sense.