Renishaw builds world's first metal 3D printed bicycle

Gazette Series: Renishaw builds world's first 3D printed bicycle Renishaw builds world's first 3D printed bicycle

THE WORLD’S first 3D printed bike frame has been made by a Gloucestershire firm.

Wotton-under-Edge engineering firm Renishaw has unveiled the groundbreaking metal mountain bike frame which could revolutionise the cycling industry.

The company worked alongside a leading bicycle design and manufacturing company to build the one-off titanium MX-6 Evo mountain bike.

Empire Cycles designed the mountain bike to take advantage of Renishaw's additive manufacturing technology.

The hollow titanium frame is both strong and light, some 33 per cent lighter than the original bicycle.

It was designed using topological optimisation, which means using software to distribute material in the smartest way possible.

Renishaw is the UK's only manufacturer of a metal-based additive manufacturing machine that prints metal parts.

Empire Cycles' managing director Chris Williams saw the firm's capabilities at a trade show and asked if the machine could make him a titanium frame.

It will be launched at next week's London Bike Show.

Last November Prince Edward was presented with a 3D printed titanium model of the Renishaw 1802 New Mills building during a Royal visit to the site.

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9:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

IanOfCardiff says...

Nope, EADS (Now Airbus) Were the first to print a 3d bike.
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Nope, EADS (Now Airbus) Were the first to print a 3d bike. http://www.theengine er.co.uk/channels/de sign-engineering/new s/eads-unveils-bicyc le-that-is-grown-fro m-fine-powder/100770 6.article IanOfCardiff

8:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Exolvestonresident says...

If you read the article properly it states first metal bike. Your article refers to something entirely different.
If you read the article properly it states first metal bike. Your article refers to something entirely different. Exolvestonresident

12:12pm Fri 14 Feb 14

A Stroud Worm says...

This laser melting technology is amazing. Bikes are publicity gimmicks from a great local company. The health care applications of this are huge.
This laser melting technology is amazing. Bikes are publicity gimmicks from a great local company. The health care applications of this are huge. A Stroud Worm

2:19pm Sat 15 Feb 14

dimreepr says...

This 3D printing technology is hugely exciting and is another step towards science fictions ‘replicator’; adding to this breakthrough is the news that Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California is currently testing a scaled up 3D printer to build houses from concrete.
This 3D printing technology is hugely exciting and is another step towards science fictions ‘replicator’; adding to this breakthrough is the news that Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California is currently testing a scaled up 3D printer to build houses from concrete. dimreepr

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