3D-printed bike parts might not be anything new and exciting, but the 3D printed metal bicycle frame certainly is. The key words in that term is 'metal' and 'frame.' These frames are being touted as the first of its kind both in scale and material. Although it is a one-offf creation, it is one for the books.
Designed by additive manufacturing firm Renishaw in joint effort with Empire Cycles, the 3D printed metal bicycle frame is modelled after the latter's MX6-EVO version. Made out of titanium alloy rather than aluminum, no material is wasted as it is with casting. Although titanium is more expensive than aluminum, by saving material as well as cost of tooling, it works out to be about the same. The bike is currently being tested.
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