29 January 2021
Bob and Tom came to Phoenix 3D Metaal with a concrete and clear starting point: we believe in local production, because in this way we reduce (unnecessarily) polluted transport systems. Better for the environment, better for nature. At Mokumono, we have designed a (bicycle) frame out of sheet metal and now we are looking for a manufacturer who can advise and support us in making it. More concretely: can you convert “our design” into a technically feasible product that we can market well, at a price that is in line with the market?
By applying the FMEA model, we improved the “critical” points in Mokumono’s design – from the point of view of our production process. Minimal adjustments and some small details result in a stable production process and a positive effect on the quality and final cost price. In addition, we work with local and small calibres during the second press run. This keeps tooling costs low.
An outstanding example of how the trinity of our rubber pad forming technique (design, functionality and cost) excels. Everything comes together in Mokumono Bicycles. No concessions in functionality, and all at a competitive price. It is quite a picture, even if we say so ourselves, but also many others (see the reviews online). The Netherlands has a new jewel in the world of cycling.
Mokumono was started to shake up the bicycle industry. While the entire bicycle industry has its bicycles made in the Far East, we are looking at the possibilities of local production. We believe in a European manufacturing industry. And that a bicycle should last a lifetime. It is a new way of thinking. It is our story that we want to share with you.
In 2016, we started developing a new production process to make -automated – bicycle frames in the Netherlands. Why? Because in the Netherlands, we have a name to uphold when it comes to making bicycles. Well, that in the first place. But we also think that the transport stream resulting from outsourcing almost all European bicycle production is unnecessary and polluting. Therefore, we have been looking for new innovative ways to make bicycle production in Europe possible again.
The unique production process of a Mokumono frame starts with two flat aluminium sheets. To create two mirrored frame halves, the sheets are pressed into shape. In the final production step, the halves, together with the bottom bracket, seat tube and steering head, are joined together using robotic 3D laser welding.