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Trek accelerates design cycles with Objet 3D printer

Supplier: Objective3D
16 January, 2013

Trek was founded in 1976 with a simple mission: build the best bikes in the world.

The company has won multiple awards for design and innovation.

Mike Zeigle is the Manager of Trek's Prototype Development Group, a group of nine pros with a number of tools at their disposal.

It includes a machine shop with five CNC machining centers, a full metal fabrication/welding shop, and for a number of years, service bureaus to whom they outsourced - SLA jobs.

Prototyping plays a crucial role in all phases of Trek's product development cycles. Industrial designers, mechanical engineers, graphic artists and marketing staff all utilise prototypes, so Zeigle's staff of programmers, machinists and welders keeps busy. 

In most cases, they are prototyping bike parts, but occasionally they also prototype tooling mockups and related accessories such as shoes and helmets.

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