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f you want a 100% optimized bike frame, you’ll have to wait a very, very long time. At least this was the case before we developed ACE - the in-house computer software used daily by BMC’s engineers to digitally simulate each stage and iteration of a new carbon frame. With ACE, we develop virtual prototypes before cutting actual molds, compressing years of testing and prototyping into mere months at the Impec R&D Lab in Grenchen, Switzerland.
ACE - Accelerated Composites Evolution Technology
In 2011 we set out to advance our first-generation teammachine design. We soon realized that relying on human trial and error alone to improve a race bike of this caliber simply wasn’t going to cut it. Collaborating with experts in the field, we developed ACE, or Accelerated Composites Evolution Technology. Replacing traditional prototyping processes, the iterative, computer-modelling program produced more than 34,000 possible frame configurations in just one year. This information enables us to virtually optimize geometrical structure, cross-sections and carbon fiber lay-ups to ensure that any physical prototypes produced are as close to the finished product as possible, thus reducing development time by light years.