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Technology March, 11th 2011 by E.

Where did you print your 3D Bike?

Alright, enough with the bicycle topics already! With all the technological advancements we’re making in the world, talking about bicycles seems so last millenium. So, to bring things back to 2011, we present to you the modern marvel of 3D printing, a technology used by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS, no relation to the STD) to build a… oh wait.

Yes, so it’s just another bike, you might be inclined to say. What makes this bike special is the way it’s built: Using the additive layer manufacturing method of 3D printing, EADS have made a bicycle that is 65 times less heavy than it’s lightest aluminium counterpart, formed out of a new type of nylon that is said to be stronger than steel.

So there’s my excuse for another bicycle topic: It’s not the product, it’s the production method that’s awesome here. EADS is researching the technology for aeronautical endeavors, but the use for this technology is pretty much limitless when you think about it.

Have a look at a video explaining the ins and outs of the printing process:

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