Slovakian company Kinazo Design in collaboration with Volkswagen has launched the Kinazo E1 Enduro e-bike, an electric bicycle manufactured using the Concept Laser X Line 2000R 3D printer. The Kinazo E1 e-bike weights 20 kg and is powered by an eDrive system containing optional variants of mid-drive 250 W Brose motors: Pedelec (up to 25 km/h) or S-Pedelec (up to 45 km/h), supported by BMZ batteries with 500-650 Wh capacity. The bike’s electronics is controlled by a mobile app.
The Kinazo E1 was manufactured at Volkswagen Slovakia by using the Concept Laser X Line 2000R 3D printer, one of the largest powder-bed metal additive systems in the world. The X Line 2000R SLM 3D printer has dual 1 kW lasers, a build rate approaching 120 cm3/hr, and a phenomenally large build volume of 800 x 400 x 500 mm3. On a day-to-day basis, this printing power allows staff at the Slovakian Volkswagen facility to carry out various additive manufacturing automotive projects on its cars.
“The Concept Laser X Line printer enabled us to manufacture the bicycle frame as a single piece. Innovative 3D printing technology optimizes the active weight, geometry, and various technical parameters with significantly lower time and cost and no long manufacturing delays,” said Kinazo’s Patrik Paul.