Titanium Mountains Bikes aren’t new, but 3D Printed Titanium Mountain Bikes are!
The UK company Renishaw has teamed up with Empire Cycles to build the first 3D-printed Titanium bike. SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) style 3D printing was used to a transform fine particles of Titanium and a CAD file into functional three-dimensional parts. This process can produce metal densities of 99.7% which is denser and less pourous than traditional casting process of a similar metal.
The video above shows the process of SLS 3D Printing where a thin layer of titanium alloy powder is spread across the build platform and then fused together with a laser. this process is repeated over and over again until a solid part is complete sitting in a bed of powder. The below picture shows a finished print on the build platform with support material still attached, this support material is removed post printing.