Bicycle Frames. From the Olympics to the TdF; How 3D CAD made it possible
Putting a bike on the starting line of an Olympic event with some of the strongest riders in the world on-board takes some effort, knowledge and understanding of what is involved around the sport itself, the materials, design methods, manufacturing methods, etc. Designing for the TdF and a Professional Cycling Team requires maximum versatility and ability to communicate with companies around the world that use several different systems.
Easy-to-use 3D CAD was fundamental in cutting development time, exploring interactions and pushing the boundaries of how shapes can be developed and implemented.
Examples will be given on improvements gained in terms of shape manipulation and interactions explored in relation to neighbouring components and body parts to the frame as well as the relevant importance of these parameters in the athletic performance.
Finally, rendering for communication purposes as well as reverse engineering examples will be shown.
Dimitris Katsanis: an Athens born engineer and ex-Greek National Team sprinter cyclist, with a background in aerospace composites and a keen interest for making thing better. His footsteps and attention to detail made the bikes that he designed achieve many Olympic medals and now he is targeting the TdF.