On the rickshaw bike Chat, a lot of use is made of 3D printed parts. Source: 3D Print Magazine.
3D printing at Van Raam
Initially, three smaller 3D printers were used, the FDM 3D printers. These were used for printing prototypes and smaller parts such as chain guards. In 2019, a new 3D printer was installed: the HP MultiJet Fusion 4200 3D printer. This printer makes it possible to print high quality products that can be mounted on the Van Raam bicycles. Because of this, it is almost no longer necessary to rework the parts and they can be mounted on the bike almost directly. HP has also written an article about this on their website.
Keeping certain parts in stock is a thing of the past because these parts are printed on request. There is a short production time and the parts can be customized for the customer since there are more customizations possible due to this technique.
There are two major advantages for using 3D printed parts:
- The designers at Van Raam have a lot of freedom in designing the bikes and the accompanying parts. The designs increasingly consist of parts that can be printed with the 3D printer.
- Customized products that can be easily adjusted with the 3D printers. This is important because every Van Raam adapted bike is unique.
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