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2/16/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Australian bike wheel maker wins design grant

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Design engineering firm 36T is awarded AUS$25,000 to invest in work with Deakin University on a new lightweight composite wheel set for high-performance bicycles.

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Design engineering firm 36T (Torquay, Victoria, Australia) reported on Feb. 15 that its is one of the four local companies awarded AUS$25,000 in Smart Design Vouchers from the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation. 36T will use the funds to work on an advanced sports engineering project with Deakin University’s School of Engineering. The start-up company will utilize capabilities at Carbon Nexus, Deakin’s $34 million carbon fiber research facility.

Starting this month, 36T and Deakin University will collaborate to finalize the design of 36T’s new lightweight composite wheel set for high-performance bicycles. The project will be directed by Dr. Paul Collins, director of the Design Technology Course at Deakin University’s School of Engineering, and developed by Jon Partington, founder of 36T. It will include an advanced engineering simulation and prototype testing, the outcome contributing to 36T’s mission to design and manufacture the world’s "best cycle wheels."

“We design highly-engineered wheels,” says Pilkington, co-founder of 36T, “that aim to offer the rider the very best combination of performance in terms of weight inertia and stiffness. We want to offer a product with a vastly superior quality of manufacture and finish, and sell it at a competitive price.”

Smart Design Vouchers are part of the Innovation Voucher Program. With this program, Victorian Government aims to support the growth of the state’s design sector. The Minister for Innovation Louise Asher announced a total of AUS$130,000 in grants to support local design-focused businesses. The goal of these grants is to harness design research and innovation, in order to improve their products or services and to capture new export opportunities.

36T will develop and launch its products in 2015, with plans to employ local engineers and graduates in the future through their current relationship with Deakin University. 

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