A Study of Bicycle Frame Customisation Through the use of Additive Manufacturing Technology

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http://www.sme.org/ProductDetail.aspx?id=8589935931, 2015
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This paper examines the research, testing and design of a 3D printed bicycle frame produced during an Honours university project. Customisation of the frame’s geometry, design automation through parametric Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, and the application of complex lattice structures not manufacturable through traditional means are the core attributes to be addressed, with a particular focus on the current limitations and future opportunities for designers embracing 3D printing as a genuine manufacturing method. Multiple 3D printing technologies, from desktop Fused-Deposition Modelling (FDM) machines to industrial Stereolithography (SLA) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printers are analysed through both quantitative and qualitative data collected throughout the nine month development of the bicycle frame, along with insights into materials both current and forecast in the next five to ten years that will change the world of bicycle design.
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