Bicycle design winner ‘Skeleton’ shows a generative design revolution is upon us

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The Skeleton concept provides space for typical commuter items, like a briefcase and even a coffee

The grand prize winner at the world’s biggest bicycle design awards went to Taiwanese designer Gary Liao, for his attention grabbing Skeleton bike, inspired by the characteristics of the human skeleton.

The commuter cycle concept uses generative design to build in strength to the structure, while remaining as lightweight as possible, while allowing for functional pockets of space to transport a varied range of items like a laptop bag or cup of coffee.

With its organic spaces cradling the storage like a protective skeleton might do with organs, a built-in battery gives additional propulsion, making this the most commuter friendly of designs, with genuinely eye-catching looks.

The striking looks also add to the bike’s strength and weight reduction


Although there is no suggestion yet as to how the design would be built for production, generative design has long gone hand in hand with 3D printing as a means of producing the organic shapes.

Taipei-based Liao graduated from Shih Chien university in 2015, with his online portfolio showing a blend of interesting cycle and transport concepts alongside furniture.

Now in its twentieth year, the International Bicycle Design Competition awards were announced during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Taipei International Cycle Show, with the judges working their way through nearly 400 entries, with the winner taking the NT$ 350,00 prize.

Find out more about generative design, the software available to do it, and the metals 3D printing technologies to make it a reality, here.