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Dutch students create futuristic 3D printed steel bike (Video) – Treehugger

by • February 28, 2016 • 11s Comments

The company that is planning to 3D print the world’s initially steel bridge has now set its sights to a thing a little additional personal: creating the world’s 3D printed steel bike. Designed by students at TU Delft (Delft University of Technology), the appealing Arc Bicycle was 3D printed and welded by MX3D, the same company that is planning to print a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. See it on the road:

TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
According to Dezeen, the Arc Bicycle was made as part of a six-month rapid prototyping create course. The bike’s create is intended to feature the innovation behind MX3D’s six-axis robotic arms, that were utilized to print and weld the latticed frame in layers; the multiple axes allow for mid-air printing of any way, without requiring assist structures. Harry Anderson of the 3D Building FieldLab team at TU Delft explains why this is a worthwhile project:
3D printing has exploded in popularity in the last decade, but for those wanting to print medium- to large-scale objects there are yet worthwhile limitations in the innovation. This method of 3D printing makes it possible to create medium- to large-scale metal objects with approximately total form freedom.
TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
The students chose to fabricate a bicycle since it is actually a common object that many individuals are acquainted with. The team’s create weights of the same as a regular steel bike, and during their test rides over the cobbled streets of the city, the bike seemed durable and up to the task.
TU Delft & MX3D© TU Delft & MX3D
The Arc is really a departure of your usual, straightforward tube frame type of bike. But it looks somewhat darn neat, and may actually have other next structural advantages that may be incorporated into next bike creates. More over at Dezeen, TU Delft and MX3D.


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