Printing a bike out of nylon
Airbike, a bicycle made using a manufacturing process which grows a product from a fine powder of nylon, carbon-reinforced plastics or metal, went on show to the world’s press on Monday and was covered by the Times, the Engineer, Physics News and every techie blog on the planet.
Produced by EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) at a centre next to Airbus’s site at Filton in the UK, the bike uses a process known as Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) which enables complete sections to be built in one piece and at the same time.
EADS says that the process uses about one-tenth of the material used in traditional manufacturing and reduces waste.
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