3rd place National Science & Engineering Competition 2016
Gold Crest Award from The British Science Association 2016
1st place in the WJEC Innovation Awards CAD/CAM 2016
The brief for this project was to “Create a lightweight cycling aid for both experienced and amateur cyclists, using mainly the process of 3D printing”.
Being an enthusiastic cyclist myself, this was a project I could fully immerse myself in using my own personal experience, knowledge and research alongside guidance from the client and target demographic.
The design idea stemmed from the realisation that cyclists spend upwards of £70 on cycling computers, devices fitted onto the bicycle that display speed, time, stopwatch, calories burned, etc. Why spend money on a device like this when the majority of people will have all that technology and more inside their mobile phone?
The 3-D printed prototype fits many different phone sizes, with various attachments that suit the specific dimensions of each mobile phone, these would be available to purchase alongside the product. The reason behind the addition of the bicycle light in the design, is because of another issue raised in the research stages. This problem is that many bicycle lights already on the market are positioned on either side of the handlebars, this requires that the cyclist continually readjust the angle of the light to ensure that it’s pointing directly ahead, and depending on the gradient of the hill, the direction on the light is constantly changing. The design of this product means that the light will be centred on the stem, and that once the correct height is adjusted, the beam of light will stay pointing in exactly the same direction as the wheel and will not need to be readjusted later, this allows the cyclist to safely remain with two hands on the handlebars, and to focus on traffic etc.