MCAD Tech News: 2D to 3D #1711 Aug, 2005 By: Arnie Williams
Fast Design, Fast Bike
ThinkID helps Trek quickly
time-trial bicycle for Lance Armstrong and team
Lance Armstrong had ridden Trek TT
time-trial bikes in four of his six Tour de France victories, heading
into this year’s race in July on his way to a seventh victory. But Trek
was still reviewing its designs and striving to give the Texas
superstar and his Discovery Channel teammates every advantage during
warm-up races in Europe this past spring.
Under speed-defying time constraints and competitive pressure the likes of which are no strangers to the design team at Trek, Michael Sagan and Trek industrial designers utilized thinkID technology from think3 to help design the TTx time-trial bikes that Armstrong and his teammates rode to victory in the first team time trial of the tour early last month. Like the victory itself, the design feat required speed and accuracy and real-life 3D — not a 2D kind of thing. ... Read more >>
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arnie Williams, former editor-in-chief of CADENCE magazine, is a freelance author specializing in the CAD industry. E-mail Arnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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