BikeShare Helmet - Recyclable/Compostable Bike Helmet
Winner Best Professional Design, using Autodesk Fusion 360, in the second Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. A simple design, using recycled aluminium foam shell and sustainably grown cork liner to provide maximum protection with minimal bulk and weight while ensuring all materials are either recycled or composted.
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The goal of this design challenge is to eliminate the concept of “waste” by designing products with materials that may be perpetually cycled to retain their value as nutrients to fuel growing global economies.
Winning Design “Best Professional Design” using Autodesk Fusion 360 Tool, Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge
Aluminium Foam has been in development since the middle of the 20th century but has only recently been incorporated into mass-produced public items. The ability to absorb a tremendous amount of impact energy makes it an ideal material for a bike helmet when manufactured with a surface skin. Cork is produced by removing the bark from the tree and leaving the tree healthy for regrowth. When sourced from a Forest Stewardship Council supplier, sustainably grown cork provides additional cushion and is inherently antimicrobial and antibacterial.
After a clay form study model was sculpted, Fusion 360 was used to model the entire helmet. The entire helmet was modelled using parametric modelling in the Model environment allowing for the continuous revisions, while CAD modelling with a true history tree.
"I particularly like how I was able to sculpt the rear detail of the helmet to match and then improve on my clay form study. The collaborative tools I found incredibly helpful in sharing the forms and allowing me to review the design at my convenience. These tools would be a tremendous asset to any design team." Barent Roth said.