Designers at a company which makes mountain bikes describe some of the processes and techniques used to construct their range of bike frames.
In the workshop, designers punch out a template for the bike frame from lightweight sheets of aluminium using AutoCAD drawings. They then bend the frame into a three-dimensional shape, before cutting, mitring, belt notching the components to get a clean joint to weld. After all the parts have been welded into place, the frame is cleaned in an acid etch bath, sprayed with an electro-static powder paint, and finished in an oven.
Following the clip, students could work in groups to design their own mountain bike, based on various design briefs; road race, commuter, downhill. As well as different uses, the groups should consider the technology used to make their bikes, and the likelihood that they will in part use existing components in some areas. The groups could then come together to see where their ideas overlap, and where each has specific requirements.