The 3D computerized model of PodRide is progressing well, but there are still many problems yet to solve. As mentioned in a previous communication, after the 3D model is finished we then need to prepare several hundred 2D drawings which the factories use to accurately manufacture the many components of PodRide.
The PodRide frame has been redesigned completely. The original PodRide was hand made with square steel tubing. The new frame is 100% aluminium, and primarily using round tubing. After designing the front section of the frame in round tube, we have changed that item again – the final design for that component is with rectangular tube. This was done to reduce complexity, welding, and simplify the attachment of the motor/crankset.
The original PodRide prototype was one large welded frame. The new design has a front and rear section of the frame, which bolt together. This design change was done to reduce the packing size and make it much more economical to ship PodRide.
Whilst there is still plenty of work to finalize on the 3D model, we have begun producing 2D drawings of the core frame components to allow our manufacturer to start producing a prototype sample of the new design.
This image is a 2D drawing of the front part of the frame, one of the most simple components.