Thursday, August 23, 2012

Functional bicycle 3D-printed!

A special thanks to Maria Popova for tweeting such awesomeness this morning.  Though this application for 3D-printing is indeed tantalizing there are many further implications to this technology. I heard a story on the Nature podcast a few moths ago that a 93 year-old woman had an exact replica of her lower jaw bone printed out of titanium. She then had her cancerous bone replaced with the printed metal one! On top of all the terminator body-part upgrades my mind is running wild with the possible effects 3D-printing will have on the economy and the environment. Imagine a manufacturing company setting up decentralized printing factories to save on shipping costs. Good for the bottom line and the environment. I'm sure there are caveats to the technology but watching this video I can't help think about future scenarios where something like the Star-Trek replicator becomes real.

13 comments:

Fred said...

So they can actually just print bikes these days? I got to get in on that action. I have been wanting a few more dutch bikes in london.

Dominic Duncan said...

I just don't know how durable that is. I mean, 3d printing is amazing and all that, but when it comes to materials and construction, I can't fathom how they can be at par with manually-built bikes. Maybe it's way too early for this technology. I say give it a few more years (a half-decade, at the least). When that point comes, I'd like to see razor electric scooters getting "printed" in my own home.

Larry Werner said...

What's good about 3D printing is that, it is highly accurate. So if you are to paint a bike or just do some simple brochure printing, the effects are great - for advertising and sales, actually.

Kenneth Chang said...

What i have seen from some fabricators that have access to 3d scanning software is that they opt to use that instead of modelling an irregularly shaped object, this saves them the trouble of measuring and creating imperfect models for their work.

Thomas Woodall said...

Wow! 3D technology is really becoming a necessity nowadays. Even the medical field is getting better with breakthroughs through this technology. I wonder how great this would be for businesses if they use it for large format printing.

Aaron Banks said...

3D printing is now the trend in designing almost everything. It would be nice to see new designs of jd bug scooters.

Anonymous said...

I remember doing some hammer and other tools using this electric 3D printer and I was really amazed how i worked. Looking forward for electric go kart as the next subject. That's a huge one.

Geoff Granfeld Jr said...

I'll try this one out, but I'm not confident on my abilities, maybe I should start with a bike, then district scooters and after that I'll try choppers.

Sophie Tyler Neil said...

I got a used hyundai genesis and I want a 3D print version of it. Is it possible for that size? I want to restore the car so the 3d print would be a remembrance before it was restored.

Betty Boss said...

One of the perks of learning 3D printing is that small advertising agencies can use this to promote their company as well as use it for their clients.

Barry Jordan said...

Sometimes, you'll be amaze about how people treat their selves and their properties. One amazing story can be this video clip. Who would think bicycles can be done thru a 3d printer? One nice advertisement is just done.

Diana Gibbons said...

Many companies are using this kind of technological advancement such as this one in promoting and increasing their company's market value. There's really nothing wrong with it just make sure that these companies will not wholly depend on this way, they should also pick out other ways in terms of promotion.

Gar Durandal said...

I saw a video about this in where the whole thing produces a freaking macho motorcycle sound. Soon there will be a personal 3D printer and everyone else can create their very own car.