Trek was founded in 1976 with a simple mission: build the best bikes in the world. The company has won multiple awards for design and innovation. Mike Zeigle is the Manager of Trek’s Prototype Development Group. The group has nine people, a machine shop with five computer numerical controls (CNC) machining centers and a metal fabrication/welding shop.
Prototyping plays a crucial role in all phases of Trek’s product development cycles. Building prototypes for the company’s industrial designers, mechanical engineers, graphic artists and marketing staff keeps Zeigle’s staff of programmers, machinists and welders busy. In most cases, they are prototyping bike parts, but occasionally they also prototype tooling mockups and accessories such as shoes and helmets.
Trek slashed its new product development cycle with an Objet 3D printer.
“The fact that we were able to print multiple iterations quickly enabled the designers to experiment more and still make all their deadlines.”
Mike Zeigle, Manager of Trek’s Prototype Development Group