There seems to be no shortage of cool plastic doodads that people can make using their home 3D printer – but really big, structurally sound pieces are few and far between. The Amsterdam-based research and development company MX3D has been focused on changing that. Delving into the world of 2-wheeled creations, the crew has developed the innovative 3D printed, stainless steel arc bike.
A few months ago, students at TU Delft, one of the top engineering schools in the world, teamed up with MX3D to build a kind of ‘proof of concept’ for their unique style of 3D printing. The MX3D printing arms produce steel wires in any form by way of stacking spot welds on top of one another. The team isn’t claiming this is the most efficient way of building a frame – but it sure is a striking one. Built with a fixed gear, this bike is sleek, simple, and structurally sound. This model isn’t for sale, but hey – if you want to go and try to print one, no one is stopping you.