The Collaborative Research Centre 1026 relies on renewable resources
The Hannover Messe took place from 13 – 17 April 2015. We introduced the Collaborative Research Center 1026 – Sustainable Manufacturing together with the NaWaRo-Fahrrad.de project at the joint research location Berlin-Brandenburg. In addition to a daily amount of about 30,000 interested visitors, came also an important visitor to the stand in the middle of the week, the President of the Technical University of Berlin.
Bicycles made of bamboo are hardly in use today although bamboo, a rapidly growing giant grass, enjoys increasing popularity and can be applied as a part of a sustainable economy. Bamboo itself is an organic material but products that are produced with bamboo are often not sustainable. For example the joints within a bamboo bicycle frame are mostly created using a toxic epoxide resin glue that has to be disposed expensively.
The project NaWaRo-Fahrrad.de – regional renewable resources on wheels – presented various solutions around environmentally friendly bicycles. Main objective of the cooperation with the NaWaRo project is the development of a bicycle that consists for up to 90 percent of organic parts. The first prototype of an organic bamboo bicycle frame using a bio-thermoplastic (NFK) as a jointing material was presented in addition to a bicycle saddle made of PLA, that was created using a 3D printer.
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