3D printed nylon bike is harder, stronger and more sustainable than traditional bikes.
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), are making strides in the additive layer manufacturing method of 3D printing and have demonstrated the exciting possibilities by rapid prototyping a fully functional bicycle from nylon.
The process trumps current manufacturing methods on several counts, creating a bicycle 65 times lighter than the nearest aluminium equivalent with a material that is stronger than steel.
Furthermore, this bike is a good instance of how 3D printing can eventually be more environmentally friendly than traditional manufacturing methods as
“…replacement parts can be easily printed and swapped for damaged one … and the manufacturing of this bike uses one tenth of the materials usually required”
Though applied in principle to a bicycle, the development of super strong and lightweight modular components is of huge import to the aeronautical remits of the EADS.