E-Bike Has Spare Parts You Can 3D Print At Home
These unique electric bikes allow riders to make inexpensive repairs themselves
ETT Industries, a maker of electric vehicles, has recently released two e-bikes: the heavier Raker and the lighter Trayser. Although both aren’t 3D printed, the makers believe their future is in spare parts and add-ons that customers can print or manufacture on their own.
The bikes both feature extremely unique designs, using the monocoque style. The components are tucked away inside a three-dimensional shape where the traditional bike frame should be. The result is future-proof design with a lot of room for added features.
However, what makes both the Raker and Trayser unique is how ETT plans to embrace 3D printing, 3D Printing Industry reports. While 3D-printed bikes have already been done, they require a lot of material and an especially wide printing bed. Instead of 3D printing each bike, ETT industries is instead partnering with Shapeways, the largest market for 3D printing in the world, to supply spare parts directly to customers.
Through this, bike owners can order replacement parts from 3D printers or even download STL files and print the parts themselves.
Jay Wen, the CEO And Founder of ETT Industries, says to the press:
“When customers buy our bikes, we want them to feel they are buying into our vision, but also that they are able to inject their own personality into them. Both models are completely raw and we love them that way, but we also know people will like to make them their own. Offering a load of customizable 3D-printed accessories is our way of helping them achieve this. ETT is all about expressing yourself, and we believe we’ve made the best platform to enable that.”
Right now, the Future Factory page of ETT has STL files for iPhone mounts, cup holders and spare parts like the front brake clip for the Raker and the Trayser. More and more items will be added every month and most of them will be downloadable for free.
Customers without access to printers can still order prints from Shapeways online and have it delivered to their homes for free. A platform fostering creativity amongst bike owners is also in future plans, allowing sharing of customer-designed parts and other modes.