Are absolutely 3D-printed bike frames the subsequent huge factor in titanium? It’s fairly doable primarily based on what we noticed right now on the Pilot Cycles sales space at Eurobike. The Eindhoven-based firm has been creating customized titanium bikes for 10 years now, however the Seiren seems to be to take it to the subsequent stage (after which some).
It was arduous to keep away from the Seiren’s name strolling previous, but it surely wasn’t the 3D-printed side that caught my eye. It was the relatively-unique seat mast. However trying nearer, it was out of the blue clear that this was no common titanium bike. Not even a slick titanium bike with 3D-printed lugs. This bike is 100% 3D-printed from powdered titanium.
Now, it’s not printed multi functional piece. As a substitute, it’s printed in three components after which bonded along with a specifically developed “steel glue for titanium.” We have been informed that the entire printing time was simply 8 hours on (what we assume is a really giant) SLM (Selective Laser Melting) printer. That quantity is type of staggering contemplating many 3D printers take simply as lengthy if not longer, simply to create small components out of plastic. Even when that quantity is 8 hours for every of the three body components, that’s nonetheless very fast to create a totally customized titanium bike.
Not solely is that this a quick option to create a customized bike, however there’s little or no waste from manufacturing because the extra titanium powder might be reused. Pilot additionally claims the frames are 100% recyclable.
On show on the present was one of many first prototypes, which is already being improved upon. The model on show is claimed to be about 1,150g for a 57cm body, whereas the subsequent model they’re engaged on is predicted to be round 1050g for a similar measurement.
When requested in regards to the seat mast design, the reply was shocking – the configuration was chosen to assist in body alignment greater than rider consolation.
The body makes use of a normal threaded backside bracket with printed threads. Pilot notes that the entire threaded holes do must be chased after printing. The body itself was proven as a uncooked sandblasted titanium, although they’re trying into strategies of sharpening the titanium as properly. Behind the door on the underside bracket is one other 3D-printed half inside to carry a Shimano Di2 battery.
The Seiren will first be accomplished as a inventory design, however the aim is to supply full customization from body geometry to border particulars. We’re hoping to get particulars on potential pricing and availability quickly.