April 27, 2011
New developments in technology mean that we are now able to “print” our own bike; creating a new lightweight way to travel.
The Airbike is the first bike in the world to be created by printing it out on a computer. Scientists of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space group, based in the UK, have created a cutting edge technology that works from a computer-aided design (CAD) to create a fully-functioning bike. It is designed on a computer and sent to a printer, which then composes the form of the bike by fusing melted nylon powder layer upon layer by a laser beam. The result is a lightweight bike that is 65% lighter than a conventional bike, but as sturdy as one made of steel or aluminium.