Printing a bicycle with a 3D printer

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17 thoughts on “Printing a bicycle with a 3D printer

  1. Renée BlacknBlues Omnimusic

    De Nederlandse uitvoering van de TU, van februari 2016, is ook interessant. Het model is zeker beter dan deze.

  2. Gigaloader

    Home paper 2D printing is on fast decline the last years. Same will happen to home 3D printing (if it ever becomes popular) but much faster. Its only going to be a hobby thing for home use. Nobody is going to print their toilet seats etc. at home…. and after everybody has printed a boat load of Star Wars figures the novelty will wear off quickly.

    It probably will only become pretty popular with smaller companies since it is more affordable now. In the professional world  3D printing is actually nothing new at all and the quality of prints only improved mediocre in the last years.

  3. stabilisedchaos

    Sales of 3D printers to women have sky rocketed over the last 12 months,they can make a 3D printed cock of any size now

  4. Matt Buehner

    Wow, 3D printing is grossly overrated. Why would an intelligent engineer attempt to build a bicycle to demonstrate a 3D printers capability. They even used words like "conventional bike". Haha, these guys are nothing but 3D drafters, with no working knowledge of metalurgy and the benfits of using metals. The advantage in 3d printing would have been better portrayed if they designed and printed a plastic chain guard for a real bike within 3 hours and be able to ride the bike the same day. Its all about the ability to manufacture or produce something in a short amount of time. These guys tried too hard, went in the wrong direction with 3D printing, and clueless people are first to "ohhh, ahhh" at the discusion of 3d printing. Would you ride that bike? Neither would I…, the headset was loose, the gearing slipped constantly, and the geometry was that of an akward kids folding bike. I ride and maintain a fixed gear bicycle. I know every part of a bicycle. No plastic bicycle will ever compare. We need to up the ability to form plastic parts like bearings with extreme hardness and precision. The bearings that are placed in modern bicycles are often no more than 25 millionths of an inch different in diameter. Thats how steel bearings and races can perform so smoothly and uniformly. That information would have been easily found within a day if these guys did proper research after brainstorming that theyd make a bike. 3D printing is largley a fad in the maker culture.

  5. Gina Greenlee

    This was terrific. I have a far better understanding of 3D technology for the every day person vs. the MIT designer. I just finished watching yet another TED talk on 3D printing and came away from that hearing that the new technology is "cool" and is the "future" and prints everything from shoes to prosthetics to organs and space widgets but couldn't get my mind around the nits of how it actually works, and well, what does this mean to moi? After a 2.5 minute CNN video that simplified the mechanics of the technology, YouTube's algorithms brought me here. Printing a bike. Very cool.

    I think the word, "print" has been throwing me off. "Build," "manufacture" helps me to grasp the concept much more easily. No doubt plug and play CAD software will follow (just like for Web sites, blogs, and other digital stuff that initially only experts can use but then they build platforms for the rest of us) because the everyday person won't learn that kind of software so readily.  How exciting to be born mid 20th century and be alive and still young enough to engage this new world!

  6. Dylan Sepasyar

    The first thing I'm printing when I get my 3D printer is a plane to leave this country and go to Japan.

  7. Brian M

    the one guy said 10 years ago they didnt have printers at home.???.. I had a home personal computer back in the 80's, with printer, and every year since.  hmmmm..


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