A a fully functional 3D printed stainless steel bicycle was designed and produced by a team of students from TU Delft in the Netherlands. The students designed the frame of the bicycle to demonstrate the potential of a new method for 3D printing metal.
They achieved the goal of their three-month project by printing the bicycle frame with the help of MX3D in Amsterdam. The bicycle was designed as part of a research project at the Industrial Design Engineering faculty into the viability of metal 3D printing using a welding process. Part of wider research being done at the Delft University of Technology and the 3D Building FieldLab.
Stainless Steel Bicycle Project Details
The frame was printed with the help of MX3D, an R&D start up in Amsterdam, who specialize in multi-axis 3D printing. The company has developed a ground breaking method for using multi axis robotic arms as 3D printers. This allows metals and resins to be printed mid-air in any direction without the need for support structures. The company made world news last year when it released plans to 3D print a steel pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam. Through the 3D Building FieldLab, MX3D invited the students to use their equipment to design something to showcase the new printing technology. These projects would help test the print software MX3D, together with partners such as Autodesk and Arcelor Mittal, are developing for the bridge project.
The first bicycle ever to be 3D printed using a welding process, the students hope that others will build on their research when designing 3D printed metal bicycles in the future.