Design of the Week: CLUG

By on October 13th, 2014 in Design

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This week’s selection is the CLUG, a 3D printed bike clip. 

They say it’s the “world’s smallest bike rack”, and that’s likely true. It’s a small fixture that passively clamps onto a bicycle wheel. But the ingenious design permits you to affix the CLUG to walls or floors, providing a minimalist method of parking your bike. 

While you can screw a CLUG into the floor to provide a kind of bike-stand-like storage, we prefer a vertical mount. Vertical mounting saves a lot of space. 

The CLUG is also small enough to take with you and install wherever you happen to journey, so long as you bring a screwdriver and have permission. Ok, perhaps you may need an portable electric drill, too. 

The CLUG represents the prototypical simple product one can develop with 3D printing technology: a basic shape that, through 3D printed iterations, becomes a very useful product. 

The CLUG will be available for purchase this month in three sizes, one of which should match your bike’s tire width. All are priced at USD$25. 


By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!