May 2, 2016 | By Alec

If you would like to know more about what the cream of the new designer generation is working on, it’s a great idea to browse through the winners of the A’ International Design Award. One of the most prestigious design competitions in the world, they tap hundreds of promising designers and have a fantastic sense of what is happening in the world of design. And a remarkable bicycle design has just been selected as a winner in the 2015-2016 Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Award: the 3D printed 3BEE urban bicycle by Hungarian designer Tamás Túri, a bike that is fully customizable and inspired by the shape of a cyclist’s body.

Being tapped by those experts in the A’ International Design competition is a big deal, especially if you’re just a student like Tamás Túri. He is currently only in the second year of a Product Design Bachelor’s program at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Hungary, but already has some fantastic ideas.

Competing with thousands of other entries, his 3BEE project was chosen as a winner in the Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category for its truly remarkable and human design. Of course we’ve showcased numerous impressive 3D printed bikes before which, like the remarkable steel Arc Bike, particularly stand out for their excellent use of materials. But unlike those designs, the 3BEE Bicycle is fully inspired by the cyclist himself. Intended as competitive sports equipment, the gorgeous shape of the 3BEE is based on human body when riding a bike.

What’s more, the 3BEE also takes full advantage of 3D printing by being completely customizable. The whole frame can be adjusted to meet the rider’s needs, from the design concept itself to subtle production changes. “The 3D printing technique enables everyone to implement the personalized, perfect, dream-bicycle. With this technique it is possible to easily and precisely harmonize the size of the frame with the other parts of the bike. The esthetic appearance of the bicycle can be tailored to the taste of its user by various colors and patterns,” he writes. “The frame can be extended at three different points and can be tilted at one point. It is fully adjustable to the rider without distorting the main shape.”

But 3D printing has other significant advantages for the bicycle industry, Túri believes. Frames can easily be made hollow and extremely lightweight, which is a huge advantage for a sports environment that focuses on speed. “This way the bicycle is lightweight and durable at the same time,” he says.

But 3D printing will also, he believes, decrease production workload. “[Another] advantage of the simultaneously designed and 3D printed frame against the traditional ones is that it does not need any assembly, tuning and follow-up adjustment after [production], since it perfectly adjusts to the user,” he argues. Even the integrated seat can be altered and 3D printed to suit the user’s preferences. As the designer says, everything is possible, regardless of the age, gender or physical abilities of the cyclist. Could this be the bicycle of the future?

A’ Design Award is a very prestigious design competition that seeks to give a boost to up-and-coming designers throughout the world. Entries are peer-reviewed and judged by a jury panel that includes leading academics, press members and veteran designers. The top 20 percent of entries that deliver an exemplary level of sublimity in design are presented with an award and a listing in the World Design Rankings. They also receive significant press coverage, including a showcase at This year, 1276 entries won the A’ Design Award, spread out over 93 different categories.



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shaun lamont wrote at 5/9/2016 9:58:16 PM:

is anyone familiar with the term...structural rigidity, torsion, etc... if you take the handlebars and the link from them to the front hub, and you have an approx 24" / 600mm lever...thats a lot of torsion extend that back to the riders set and down the seatpost to the pedals, and you have an extra 36" / 900mm + 30" / 750mm.... so your total lever arm is now 24+36+30 = 90" / 2300mm !!!! and you think you can stop torsion or twisting or that length with a <2" 50mm tube.!!! that's delusional PS....I've built bikes before.... nice 3d renderings....reality Zero

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