Companies within Flanders, which is situated in Belgium have incorporated 3D printing within their usual routines. Recently these companies got together to form a group known as Flam王D (Flame3D) to show us the wonders that can be achieved with 3D printing.
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As a result the Flam王D 3D printed a bicycle and dubbed it 王-Bike, and we have no idea how to pronounce it either. The frame of the bike comprises of 3D printed polymer wrapped in a composite material which offers a good stiffness-to-weight ratio.
Other than this the wheels, handlebar stem, grips and brake levers have been 3D printed using polymer. All these parts according to a report are lighter, stiffer and stronger than the aluminum alternative.
The top of the seat has been printed from a rubbery thermoplastic polyurethane along with a stiff carbon composite shell. The rear sprocket was printed using sintered silicon carbide. The material used in the overall printing of the bike offers both extreme hardness and low thermal expansion.
Sintered metal was used to 3D print the suspension seatpost and an eco-friendly "plant-based material" was chosen for the printing of the fender. The bike’s security is in the form of touch-sensitive sensors placed in the back and front of the bike which make use of 3D-printed electronics.
3D-printed insoles, and a set of cycling glasses with printed frames come along with the bike. The insoles guarantee better foot positioning as well as make the ride more efficient while reducing the risk of injury.
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The bike also supports gadgets 3D printed by the rider with its handlebar-mounted receptacle. While there are other 3D printed bikes out there, what really makes the王-Bike unique is how it impressive and different it was made using 3D technology.