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Nylon Bike Made Using Satellite Technology is as Strong as Steel!

Posted By Helen Morgan On September 21, 2011 @ 2:42 pm In Bicycles,Green Transportation | No Comments

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Spotted at the London Design Festival [1]earlier this week, this awesome bike really blew us away when we found out it was made entirely of nylon but is as strong as steel! Launched this year by a team of development engineers, the bike is made up of successive layers of fused nylon powder that are each just one-tenth of a millimeter thick. Designed by Andy Hawkins and Chris Turner at the Aerospace Innovation Centre [2] in Bristol, UK, the bike is constructed from a manufacturing process known as additive layer manufacturing (ALM), which is also used in the manufacturing of satellites.


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Demonstrating how the same technology used for satellite and aircraft parts could be used also for everyday products, Hawkins and Turner chose everbody’s favorite eco-friendly form of transport: the bicycle [3]. The prototype also looks pretty extraordinary, as the design focused on the process of construction as opposed to a totally practical design. But a more regular prototype is on the cards, so watch this space!

Via BikeRadar [4]

+ Aerospace Innovation Centre [2]
+The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company [5]


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[1] London Design Festival : http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

[2] Aerospace Innovation Centre: http://www.bris.ac.uk/aerospace/thedepartment/news/archive.html

[3] bicycle: http://inhabitat.com/jan-gunnewegs-all-wood-bicycle-comes-with-matching-shades/

[4] BikeRadar: http://www.bikeradar.com/commuting/news/article/airbike-nylon-bicycle-first-look-29615/

[5] +The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company: http://www.eads.com/eads/int/en.html

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