Bicycle of the Future?
This is the UILA, Designed by nFrontier out of Berlin. It’s being shown FOR THE FIRST TIME at Formnext 2022 at printing partner Stratasys booth!
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FROM THE PRESS RELEASE
“UILA is designed to be a digital device featuring many useful digital features that will make driving from A to B more enjoyable. We like to call it an ‘urban device’ because we believe that these features will unlock UILA’s full potential as a product with a potentially huge impact on urban transportation” adds Frontier CVO Dr. Stephan Beer.
UILA is an example of how 3D printing is transforming not only the product development process but also production. Using Stratasys FDM® technology to 3D print large format body components significantly reduced the cost of producing those same parts using traditional manufacturing, such as injection molding, while also saving time because parts could easily be produced in-house at Frontier. In addition, the Frontier team has designed UILA to also use 3D-printed parts in the production process by leveraging higher volume additive manufacturing technologies such as powder-based SAF™ or photopolymer-based P3™ systems. This reduces costs and improves sustainability by printing fewer components with less material and doing so locally – in the markets where the UILA vehicles are sold – reducing supply chain challenges and transportation emissions.
“Our slogan at Stratasys is ‘Create Unlimited,’ meaning there should be no limits on what’s possible with our 3D printing technologies,” says Stratasys EMEA President Andreas Langfeld. “UILA is a perfect example of the innovation we seek to nurture – leveraging additive manufacturing across the entire product development process from design to production to bring a disruptive and more sustainable product to market. It’s great to see how Frontier has been utilizing our FDM technology to its full potential while also designing UILA to take full advantage of production-scale 3D printing as they move to commercialization.”
UILA was designed by Frontier lead designer Joshua Kranke and is a development by Frontier’s EmTeCe (Emerging Technology Center), a leading facility of creatively applied Emerging Technologies in soft- and hardware in which Stratasys is a founding partner. (The EmTeCe converges the “Eight Emerging Technologies” in one single facility: Additive Manufacturing.
Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Robotics, Generative Design, Drones and Advanced Visualization.)
Frontier is a Berlin based innovation studio and venture builder. Frontier embraces and converges emerging technology to create impactful products and keep evolving with the challenges of our time. With a nod to U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1960 “New Frontier” speech and the call for technological advancement, Frontier aims at becoming one of Europe’s leading facilities of creatively applied Emerging Technologies in soft- and hardware; enabled by the expertise, high-tech equipment and infrastructure provided by technology partners such as Stratasys (Additive Manufacturing), Franka Emika (Tactile Robotics), Autodesk (software development), Vajo (VR/XR products), and KeyShot (3D rendering software).
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