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3-D Printed Bicycles – The New Future of Cycling?

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There is no doubt that 3-D printing has taken off in the last decade for many industries, improving access to custom parts and unique prototypes. While this is not the first 3-D printed bike frame (Empire Cycles), it is certainly the first with this unique design.

A student team from TU Delft in collaboration with the MX3D engineers designed and printed this fully functional Arc Bicycle from stainless steel. The bicycle was designed as part of a research project at the AMS Building Fieldlab into the viability of WAAM, Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing, a 3D printing technique based on MIG welding, that allows for multi axis printing.

“For those wanting to print medium- to large-scale objects there are still significant limitations in the technology,” said Harry Anderson from the 3-D Building FieldLab team at TU Delft, “This method of 3-D printing makes it possible to produce medium- to large-scale metal objects with almost total form freedom.”

We think that it is really cool to see companies and people embracing the larger applications of 3-D printing technology. While this form of 3-D printing is not quite ready to go to a consumer level, it is truly amazing how far the technology has come and where it’s going.

 

For more info visit : http://mx3d.com/field-lab

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About Mark Ranum

Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.

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