Contest Winner: A Wooden Bike Designed with 3D CAD Software

Written by: Cat McClintock


In March, we launched our Product Design Contest: Showcase Your Greatness. People from more than 60 countries submitted their best models made in Creo 3D CAD software for a chance to win cash, a spot in an upcoming e-book, and – for the winners – a trip to LiveWorx, held in June in Boston.

Recently, we introduced the winners in this blog. Now, we’d like to tell you more about the best of the best:

Grand prize winner Milos Jovanovic

Milos Jovanovic submitted the winning 3D CAD model

Location: Serbia

Design: Jovanovic and his team designed a wood-framed bike because they wanted to create something unique (we agree, it’s definitely unique). The company he works with, Dvoika, is a small shop and can’t compete with the big manufacturers, but Creo 3D CAD software allows them to be quick and nimble.

Contest winner designed in Creo CAD software

Biggest design challenge: The challenge was, no surprise here, designing a bike with wood. That, coupled with a design that called for the bike to be stable and lightweight, meant that the team needed to bring their A-game.

Contest winner, detail, from Creo CAD software

How Creo got involved: “When I started working at Teams Design, Creo was a must,” says Jovanovic. “I was using only Rhino and Alias before that. Now I can’t imagine going back.” He says the biggest advantage to using the software is the ability to move back and forth in the tree—that is, the model tree which lists features, parts, assemblies, etc. Designers can use it to create or modify features, and perform various other operations on the assembly. “It is something that can make updates and my life easier,” he says.

Jovanovic adds that he feels like he’s only using a fraction of what Creo offers. “It surprises me every time I work with it,” he says. “I still learn something new about it—a new command, an easier way to do something.”

But why wood? Jovanovic said his team chose wood because it’s a unique material – like a musical instrument. It was perfect for the audience they wanted to reach, one that appreciates simplicity (and one that might be a tad “hipster” while riding the bike). Using Creo they were able to create the frame in four weeks.

What the judges said: “What inspired us about this design is that Milos took a standard product and reused a familiar material in a different way. He’d done the analysis, so he knew the structure was sound. But he also used old dovetail joints. He mixed old-fashioned furniture making with a modern use case, resulting in a very elegant and complete design.”

Real-world wooden bike

Unhappy hipster, get happy: Your bike is stable and lightweight – and it looks cool.

Insider tip for creating contest-winning designs? “Try to make something that is actually producible, not only concept models,” says Jovanovic.

We’ll tell you more about the winners, their design challenges, and what the judges said about their designs in upcoming posts. Until then, see why our winners and others across the world are using Creo to create their product designs. Until then, download the free e-book, Top 7 Reasons to Design with Creo.

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About the Author

Cat McClintock

Cat McClintock edits the Creo and Mathcad blogs for PTC.  She has been a writer and editor for 15+ years,  working for CAD, PDM, ERP, and CRM software companies. Prior to that, she edited science journals for an academic publisher and aligned optical assemblies for a medical device manufacturer. She holds degrees in Technical Journalism, Classics, and Electro-Optics. She loves talking to PTC customers and learning about the interesting work they're doing and the innovative ways they use the software.