3D Printing Titanium Bicycles: The mainstreaming of additive manufacturing in bicycle production
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This brings us to the current state of titanium by creation, with a model named Solid. In collaboration with Ti Cycles, the Portland-based design consultancy INDUSTRY announced this week the creation of the first connected 3-D printing titanium bike. Ti Cycles has a reputation of being one of the best bicycle builders out there. They hand build custom steel and titanium frames, as well as a wide variety of bicycle components and accessories. They have a full-service welding machine shop and are intimately familiar with traditional and cutting edge bicycle fabrication.
Their newest creation, Solid, builds upon a quarter century of innovation and experimentation. Billed as a “super commuter” platform this bicycle is a titanium frame and subassemblies, the carbon belt drive, and internal geared hub, hydraulic disc brakes, vendors, and internal wiring. This is the kind of list that grabs the attention of those invested in bicycle commuting.