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Advanced Folding: Separating Bicycles Using Carbon Fiber

February-April 2014

This project aims to explore the capabilities of Fusion 360 by working in the design space of folding carbon fiber bicycles. As well as the exploratory shape possibilities afforded by software, this project will also explore the capabilities of other Autodesk products for mechanical design and stress analysis to be integrated with the CAD models.


One folding model would aim to be ultra-light and compact, for commuters and recreational riders using 405/465 size wheels with carbon belt drive and disc brakes.

A second design would be based around producing a carbon-framed sports road bike, which could be transported as checked airline luggage within the dimensions agreed by the airlines.

A particular issue for both designs is the creation of a tooling strategy or modular construction which enables a variety of size frames to be produced for riders of different sizes.

This project builds on the authors interest and experience over many years in bike design, but also affords a case study for Autodesk of a CAD neophyte using newly accessible CAD tools to address a design opportunity which sits neatly at the interface between industrial design and engineering


Autodesk Tools:

About the Resident:

Professor David Weightman IDSA graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1970 with a Masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering. His career has combined working in Higher Education, latterly in Senior Administrative positions, with research and consultancy activities.