When I was growing up, the most fascinating example of "transmutation" was – ‘Sea Monkeys’. You know, the packet of powder, that when added to water caused a nuclear family of sea creatures to miraculously appear ?
In any event, with the advancement of 3D printing, it seems that bicycles can now miraculously appear out of nothing as well.
Checkout Flying Machine’s titanium bike made from 3D printing technology.
Making this bicycle a reality became just a bit of an obsession… Following months of design, research and testing we can finally reveal the ground breaking new Flying Machine; The 3DP-F1. This machine features titanium tubing joined with cutting edge 3D printed titanium lugs. We are amongst the very first to embrace 3D Printing for bike building and firmly believe this amazing technology is the way of the future.
This featured F1 prototype has been tailored to the exact measurements of Matt, owner and designer at Flying Machine. He says it fits like a glove and rides even better than he hoped, light, stiff, fast and extremely comfortable. Now, anyone can own a 3DP-F1 bicycle, made to fit their exact measurements and riding style. To start the process you just have to contact us for instructions on how to take your accurate measurements.
To make The Bike of the Future we have hybridised a more traditional method of creating bicycles, using lugs to join between the frame tubes. Lugged frames have become less popular due to limitations with variation in geometry. Now with the help of 3D printing a renaissance has occurred allowing for infinite flexibility and all bikes to have personal and tailored geometry, kind of like fingerprints.
The bespoke 3D printed lugs can be turned around very quickly, we are aiming to be able to produce a full tailored geometry custom frame within a remarkable 10 days from order and complete bikes in around 3 weeks.
The key components used to build the rest of the F1 prototype are:
Drivetrain – Gates Carbon Drive, Centretrack, 55 tooth front sprocket, 20 tooth rear
Hubs – White Industries M15, titanium cassette with single speed spacer kit Rims – H + Son, Archetype Spokes – DT Swisse, Competition Tyres – Schwalbe, Durano Saddle – Fizik, Aliante VS Handlebars – FM Custom Forks – FM Custom Carbon Bar Tape – Dipell, Competition, leather Bottom Bracket – Bushnell Featherweight eccentric, with White Industries Ti spindle BB Brakes – Tektro, R570 calipers with RL340 levers
Production versions of this machine will be available with our full range of component options and custom colour schemes.
The F1 is just the beginning of our adventures in titanium and 3D printing, work has already commenced on taking the 3DP concept through our entire range plus several exciting all new models…
…..Everything you have ever heard about how nice titanium frame bikes are to ride is true……
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