3D printing is still a fairly new and developing technology whose purposes are theoretically endless. While it’s often believe that 3D printing can only be used with plastic, a few students from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands used 3D printers and robots to create an entire bicycle. This application of 3D printing with metal gives us an interesting insight into the future of this emerging technology.
The students at the university were working on a research project that was examining how exactly metal and 3D printing could go together, specifically if welding metal and 3D printing was actually viable. The entire project took them three months to complete with the help of MX3D, an 3D printing company based in Amsterdam.
Dubbed the “Arc” bicycle, this is a truly innovative creation, and one that is not just for show. The bicycle is fully functional and can support the weight of an adult. The use of welding steel and 3D printing in this case is quite progressive and proves that people can make a lot of things with the help of this technology. While we can’t 3D print cars just yet, the Arc bicycle instills hope that we might actually be able to one day.
Photos from Design Boom