This project was realized for the 2011 Becker Contest
. The German Becker Company, specialized in moulded wood, launched an international competition for the development of innovative projects based on this material.
My project was the creation of a moulded wood frame for bike:
"The Wood Bike is a molded wood frame bike, for urban context. The choice of this material to make a frame bike allows a very light and flexible piece. The thickness of the shape (4,5 cm) gives an excellent resistance to the structure, but leaves the frame act like a damper. The variation of motion of the saddle is about 3 centimeters which gives a good comfort of use. In the mechanical critical areas, some reinforcement parts have been designed, generally in carbon fibers, to relieve the wood structure and avoid an overload breaking. [...]"
(extract of the final report)
The final pictures have been realized on 3Ds Max, with Vray render, but a mechanical study was also performed on Solidworks (final picture) to validate the design of the frame parts.