Concept bike made from more than 20 different kinds of plastics
For the purpose of new ideas to be showcased at K 2013 the foremost plastic and rubber exhibition from October 16 -23, 2013 in Düsseldorf , Germany, BASF, the chemical giant is rethinking materials and developed a concept bicycle made from more than 20 different kinds of plastics
Besides the bike BASF will also showcase three unique prototypes from the winners of the “sit down, move” auto seat design competition, at its booth C21/D21 in Hall 5. Visitors will be able to sit down on more than 200 A-chairs from Brunner. Further there will be a demonstration kitchen element from Blum, showing the functionality of high performance sliding and guide elements in drawers and cabinet hinges. The big live event will be the production of a multi-material protective case on the basis of the new UltracomTM product and service package for fibre reinforced composites. At machine manufacturer Engel’s stand B52/C58 in Hall 5, visitors can experience the RTM process (resin transfer moulding). For this purpose a lock shroud for the sports car X-Bow by KTM will be produced in an RTM process as a demonstration on an Engel v-duo 700 on the basis of a BASF polyurethane system.
Bicycles made almost entirely from plastic have existed for a long time. What did not exist to date is a concept e-bicycle that incorporates as many different, and sometimes very innovative plastic types, each contributing their specific benefit. On the basis of the Performance Materials platform formed in January 2013 to consolidate plastics from polyurethanes through thermoplastics, foams, epoxy resins and composite products, BASF is exhibiting a concept bike to demonstrate potential capabilities: conceived by the design agency DING3000, THE “Concept 1865 – Rethinking Materials” e-bike utilises more than 20 different BASF plastics. Why 1865? BASF was founded in the year the first pedal bicycle appeared. This is why the functional and ready-to-ride bicycle design study has taken the shape of a historic high-seat bicycle. It embodies a “thought experiment” on the subject “Rethinking materials”. The vehicle is an invitation to develop together with the company new application ideas for mobility and urbanisation on the basis of modern plastic.