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We have got one more bicycle related challenge for you. Flying Machine- Bicycle Design Studio from Australia needs your help to improve the finishing details to hold the handle bar tape in place. The current solution looks good but has room for improvement in functionality. So please help us with the ideas and try to come up with something new.

The solution requires a system for securing handlebar tape at both ends that is both aesthetically pleasing, very robust and able to be easily manufactured. Production would most likely be through CNC process. Visually the end of the bar end cap must have the ability for laser etched logos to be applied.

Refer to current drawings for the designs of the two existing parts.

The real challenge is the end plug/cap which currently has 2 issues. The existing solution is a standard bar tape end plug with a CNC cap glued to it. The whole plug can be knocked and come loose or be lost, and the outer cap can also be knocked off the inner plug and similarly become loose and get lost. Any type of glue fixing between the two parts will not work long term. Our initial thought for the new solution was some kind of expander inner plug to lock the tape into the bar with a cap that threads on over the top. Entries can either work on a refinement of this theme or a completely differant approach.

The finishing ring at the other end of the bar tape has less technocal issues but needs to be aesthetically matching the end plug and needs to both securely fix the end of the bar tape in place and its self to the bar.

Requirements

  • The End Plug holds the bar tape in place and should be able to be both locked and unlocked

  • The End Plug has an outer cap concealing the internal plug and locking system which must be removeable but not come off under use

  • The End Plug has the ability for laser etched logos on the outer cap face

  • Finishing ring to fix end of bar tape in place and its self to the bar

  • Both parts are to be seen as parts of a singular solution and be aesthetically matched

  • Material aluminium

  • We need versions for 2 different handlebar diameters 22.2mm and 23.8mm

  • Please see cad files attached

Download specification

Rules

  • Winning design will be chosen based on the design and functionality

  • The competition is open to everyone

  • Team entries are welcome

  • You can submit several designs

  • Only models uploaded to GrabCAD library will participate in the competition

  • Tag your model with “flyingdesign” to make it easier to find

  • The Challenge starts 27th January 2012 and ends February 17th 2012 23:59 Last Time Zone.

  • Privately uploaded models will be made public after the competition deadline

  • Models can be done in any CAD software as long as a STEP or IGES files are also uploaded

  • Competition winner will be announced in GrabCAD’s blog

  • Only models uploaded through this challenge page will participate in the competition

Prizes

1st Prize

Choice of any of our 4 Base Urban models: http://www.baseurban.com/

2nd Prize

GrabCAD motivation package

3rd Prize

GrabCAD motivation package

4th Prize

GrabCAD motivation package

5th Prize

GrabCAD motivation package

6th prize

GrabCAD motivation package

About the jury?

The winner will be selected by a joint jury of Tern Bicycles and GrabCAD and announced on the GrabCAD blog.

About Flying Machine

At Flying Machine we design distinctive, superior quality bicycles for individual customers and businesses worldwide;
provide clients with bicycle design and production services beyond the sphere of traditional bicycle manufacturers; coordinate the manufacture and delivery of bicycles to the customer’s doorstep.

Flying Machine encompasses three unique components:
1) Sexy Bicycles
2) Base Urban
3) Special Projects

Bicycles are designed in-house at our studio in Mount Lawley, Perth, Australia. Production is outsourced to a variety of high quality manufacturing partners.

By outsourcing all of our production requirements, we allow ourselves the flexibility of a boutique design studio while enabling the capacity to meet client requirements from limited edition ranges to high volume supply.

Our design team has backgrounds in architecture, interiors, fashion, fine art and visual communication, textiles, graphic, product and industrial design including bicycle design.

Flying Machine brings passion, creativity, attention to detail and the drive to exceed expectations to every angle of our business.

Through our own brands and in partnership with our clients, our vision is to make the world a better place by promoting and providing bicycles which are beautiful in both form and function.

Flying Machine bicycles have been sold globally including the USA, UK, Canada, Spain, Germany, France, Finland, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia.

More info: http://flyingmachine.com.au/

47 comments

  • Maarten_Dominicus

    Maarten_Dominicus over 2 years ago

    Another chance, good luck to all of you
    :D

    Maarten_Dominicus has uploaded 16 CAD models & has left 53 comments.
  • naveen thontepu

    naveen thontepu over 2 years ago

    nice challenge

    i have a doubt about the "Fixings"
    once they are fixed then should they come out when required or should they never come out.

    naveen thontepu has uploaded 57 CAD models & has left 170 comments.
  • Fateh MERRAD

    Fateh MERRAD over 2 years ago

    Nice challange :)

    Fateh MERRAD has uploaded 85 CAD models & has left 729 comments.
  • Branko Stokuca

    Branko Stokuca over 2 years ago

    I would like to know the inner diameter dimension of the handlebars. Also could there be a mistake in the dimensions in the CAD drawings regarding the END PLUG. For the 22,2 mm handlebars the size of the END PLUG is 26.5 mm, and for the 23,8 the dimension is 24,1mm. Is this a mistake?

    Branko Stokuca has uploaded 117 CAD models & has left 1005 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    Is there any restriction to number of parts?

    And - do we need to make both dimension versions?

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    3rd question - do we have some dimension restrictions? (length, max. diameter etc)

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Daniel Flores

    Daniel Flores over 2 years ago

    do we have a dimension of the OD of the handle bar with the tape wrapped on it? or just the thickness of the wrap?

    Daniel Flores has uploaded 68 CAD models & has left 139 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    @Flying Machine - I was checking your website and I need to say that you have very nice bicycles :)

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Flaviano Crespi

    Flaviano Crespi over 2 years ago

    Notice to navigators! :-)))
    Attention, the solutions that use a screw cap, that is obviously have right hand thread, should fix a tape of leather wrapped with spiral left, otherwise the end is loosened!

    Flaviano Crespi has uploaded 195 CAD models & has left 1000 comments.
  • Tobias Mattsson

    Tobias Mattsson over 2 years ago

    @flaviano: Maybe that could be fixated with some kind of cylinder to fix it in position until the screw cap is in place.

    Tobias Mattsson has uploaded 79 CAD models & has left 1017 comments.
  • Flaviano Crespi

    Flaviano Crespi over 2 years ago

    @Tobias, my advice is referred to those devices with right hand thread that directly twist the leather ribbon, in this case the ribbon must be left spiral.
    Another thing: your logo set are useful, thanks, but i think that logos must be engraved, not embossed, because the laser tool removes material leaving painted surface, not adds!

    Flaviano Crespi has uploaded 195 CAD models & has left 1000 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    @Flaviano: for me http://gcp.grabcad.com/competition_pics/pics/134/medium.jpg?1327664099 and http://gcp.grabcad.com/competition_pics/pics/135/medium.jpg?1327664109 is embosed... it depends on FlyingMachines what type of engraving they will do.
    Tobias made a great work with logos and other parts...

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    ...and another thing... if parts will be made with CNC machines, or even manual, it's not problem to make left or right handed thread...

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    And I just checked the are of logo - inner area is 1/2 of outside area; and you are right about laser technology ;] ...but you can always choose which are you will remove... it's no problem ;)

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Flaviano Crespi

    Flaviano Crespi over 2 years ago

    @ Hevi_1 Sorry, my mistake, I had not seen the pics attached. indeed are embossed.
    I think Flying Machine get the logo in relief with the laser, then paint the whole thing and polish the mirror surfaces.
    In so doing, however, the paint gets dirty because of the dust of polishing. Maybe that's why in the attached drawings dwg describe the logo constructed with aluminum probably sticking with screen printed ... can be

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  • Flaviano Crespi

    Flaviano Crespi over 2 years ago

    @ Hevi_2 Certainly yes, but it is easier Manually wind the tape with spiral left given that most of the threads is right

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  • Flaviano Crespi

    Flaviano Crespi over 2 years ago

    @ Hevi_3 If the logo was done with a self adhesive would not serve the laser and could be also reflector!

    Flaviano Crespi has uploaded 195 CAD models & has left 1000 comments.
  • Tobias Mattsson

    Tobias Mattsson over 2 years ago

    @Flaviano: you are right about the logo, if you manufacture the logo its easier to engrave the logo and not the surrounding. But that way its not as nice to look at.

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  • ats viira

    ats viira over 2 years ago

    If I enter the competition in 5 days, will I be considered less in competition? (:

    ats viira has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 11 comments.
  • Tobias Mattsson

    Tobias Mattsson over 2 years ago

    @Ats viira: I wouldnt think so. They take all models into consideration after the Deadline has gone out.

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  • BAAMARA Djamel Eddine

    BAAMARA Djamel Eddine over 2 years ago

    good project! It sounds simple?!

    BAAMARA Djamel Eddine has uploaded 5 CAD models & has left 7 comments.
  • Troy

    Troy over 2 years ago

    Question on the deadline. The Rules mention the competition ends February 17th 2012 23:59 Last Time Zone, but the deadline in the upper right mentions 4days left. Being in the UTC-08 I am not a day away from the last time zone. So what is screwed up, the countdown clock or the deadline in the rules?

    Troy has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Laszlo Jakab

    Laszlo Jakab over 2 years ago

    The time is coming. Good luck to eveyone. All respect who has invested energy into his/her project. Nice works.

    Laszlo Jakab has uploaded 12 CAD models & has left 13 comments.
  • Johannes Alderse Baas

    Johannes Alderse Baas over 2 years ago

    Indeed!
    I´ve seen some really good looking designs! Good competition!
    I had fun creating my entry!
    Good luck!

    Johannes Alderse Baas has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 29 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    Thank you all for participating in the challenge! Can everyone make sure they have all their entries listed on the challenge page? We are about to start picking the winners.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Troy

    Troy over 2 years ago

    The challenge just went to 9hours left til deadline and the entry count went up. is this challenge still ongoing?

    Troy has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    The challenge is not going on. We were fixing some of the missing entries with wrong tags.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    I see my entries on the list but when I click on them I get "Sorry, but something went wrong" ;) ...so I'm not sure :/

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • gurfa

    gurfa over 2 years ago

    I screwed up something because for some reason I can not see my work.
    bicycle-handlebar-v2

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  • ats viira

    ats viira over 2 years ago

    Well i cant see my model here... Flying Machine eez plug

    ats viira has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 11 comments.
  • Rory

    Rory over 2 years ago

    Anyone know which design won?

    Rory has uploaded 11 CAD models & has left 5 comments.
  • Tomek F.

    Tomek F. over 2 years ago

    Rory, be patient
    gone only three days hehehehe,
    and seriously, for three days and over 90 models would be difficult to

    Tomek F. has uploaded 211 CAD models & has left 214 comments.
  • ats viira

    ats viira over 2 years ago

    Well my model is lost in cyberspace lol.... can someone reenter it in competition from my files

    ats viira has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 11 comments.
  • basilis

    basilis over 2 years ago

    where can we see the first place?

    basilis has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 3 comments.
  • Troy

    Troy over 2 years ago

    Still no winner?

    Troy has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    We have announced the results. Congratulations to all the winners. We were extremely happy with the amount and quality of the results. Thank you to all the participants!

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Doug Davey

    Doug Davey over 2 years ago

    Great work ......everone did do great work ... My still had less parts than the winner ... taking nothing away from the winner .... maybe they did not understand my design..... oh well next

    Doug Davey has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 389 comments.
  • Troy

    Troy over 2 years ago

    Congrats to all the winners. One thought on the 1st place design though. How do you tighten it up with out the handle bar tape getting loose? Anyway great job all.

    Troy has uploaded 13 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    I understand that when the challenge was open noone was trying to show disadventage of each design. But when the time was over you should write some coment under of each design to show that this design is poor or something like that. Now when the 1st place is choosed it's a little bit to late for doing such thing ;) I hope everyone understand what I was trying to say :)

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    From my side - I don't understand why they choose some of designs that are very similar to their actual solution... I don't get it :/ ...what's the innovation?
    I'm gonna sell my design to competition ;)

    Hevi has uploaded 36 CAD models & has left 457 comments.
  • Branko Stokuca

    Branko Stokuca over 2 years ago

    @Hevi: Your designs were amazing. I thought that you were going to win this.
    Better luck next time.

    Branko Stokuca has uploaded 117 CAD models & has left 1005 comments.
  • Tobias Mattsson

    Tobias Mattsson over 2 years ago

    Understand your feelings there Hevi, i was reading the judgements, and got the feeling they wanted something as easy as possible, my model might have been to complex, but they didnt ever say that they wanted a easy model.

    Tobias Mattsson has uploaded 79 CAD models & has left 1017 comments.
  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    I see that we all think the same.

    Tell me what you think ppl about prizes?

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  • Troy

    Troy over 2 years ago

    I was thinking by their choices, maybe they were just looking for validation on a idea they already had.

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  • Hevi

    Hevi over 2 years ago

    Validation?

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  • Troy

    Troy over 2 years ago

    They had ideas of where they wanted to go with their design and just needed to see what others came up with. To see if what they were going for is what others also went for as far as design. Its just a thought.

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  • Mark LeBeau

    Mark LeBeau over 2 years ago

    Thanks for all the nice comments. This has been a great introduction to this community.

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