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I’m back…

So after taking a good while off from this place, I’ve decided to get this going again.

After completing a year in industry, and subsequently managing to get a job out of it, I am current midway through my final year of my design degree.

Work commitments ended up putting this place on hold for a while but I am back and ready to share my experiences with the design world once again.

I have various project underway at the moment, some in which I will share with you soon, and I am very excited about what is developing over the next few months.

I am glad to be back!

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Smart ebike

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irwindesigned

One of the sweetest electric bikes I’ve seen…BUT…

Yes, the environmental impact, or footprintof an electric bicycle is monumentally smaller than a combustion vehicle. It takes up less space on the road, is more navigable than an automobile, can be transported easier, and of course, uses very little fossil fuel throughout its use.

That said and at the risk of not knowing the actual design drivers for this project, I’m wondering why they chose such a costly environmental unfriendly material – billet aluminum. Procuring solid billet aluminum requires a gratuitous amount of energy and water to produce, which translates into its GHG (green house gas) equivalent (environmental impact) to be VERY high with respects to other structurally comparable materials. According to a study done by PE International & Five Winds released Mar 10, 2010, for every pound of primary aluminum ingot produced (keep in mind this figure does not…

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