No single cyclist uses their bike in the same way! This is especially true for commuters. Designed with this in mind, Modefi allows users to create their own bicycle tailored to their specific lifestyle.
It’s made possible by carbon-fiber impregnated plastic and 3D printing. Users can choose from a range of bespoke storage options and aesthetic modifications, creating one truly unique bike to perfectly fit their needs and complete their look. Better yet, you can make quick adjustments and repairs, ensuring that Modefi keeps growing and adapting with your ever-changing lifestyle.
Designers: Nicole Assini, Louise Goacher & Jane Neiswander for Georgia Institute of Technology.
“The challenge became not only to understand the component makeup of a bicycle but to understand the bicycle’s role within its larger context. How can we improve the interactions among cyclists and those they share the road with?” This led to the recognition of our main challenge: to create a bike that instills confidence in the user while riding,” says the team.
“We considered what the value of 3d printing would be within the context of the problem we were facing. It was important to us, from the start, to align our design within the realm of new material capabilities and innovations. 3d printing as a medium of manufacturing allows users to create on the spot adjustments both quickly and relatively inexpensively. It allows a level of customization that traditional manufacturing methods cannot support due to high tooling costs.”
“Our bike is broken up into component frame pieces that can be swapped out easily for user frame adjustments. These adjustments range from small storage options to aesthetic form changes. It combines the options offered in many different bikes into one single frame. Through 3d printing, we are able to instill confidence in our users by letting them dictate not only the functional storage components of the bike, but also aesthetic modifications allowing the user to change the bike based on their needs and preferences over time.”