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Meet Arc Bike II a Radical 3D Printed Aluminium Bike

Metal News - Published on Thu, 12 Sep 2019

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Lots of bike brands are dabbling with 3D printing these days, whether it’s custom saddles from Specialized or dropouts on the Mason Aspect. The latest project to wing its way into our inbox is the bonkers looking aluminium bike from Amsterdam-based company MX3D. The startup company has used Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing with a robotic arm and bespoke software it has created itself to create the unique aluminium frame and fork called the Arc Bike II. Watch the time-lapse video below and the frame appears to grow out of nothing, it’s quite something to behold.

MX3D’s first bike project used stainless steel, this latest creation employs aluminium to save weight. The complete bike as pictured comes in at a claimed 13.5kg so clearly there is some room for improvement on the weight front. This is still very much technology in its infancy though, so we don’t doubt improvements can and will be made.

Project leader Thomas Van Glabeke said that “It took some time to master aluminium printing, which is more challenging than other metals, but the outcome was a convincing strong and lightweight bike. After the initial technical challenges were solved, it was amazing to see the turnover speed from idea to final product. It is exciting, I can’t wait to see a whole family of these bikes rolling off the MX3D production line!.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 12 Sep 2019
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