Unveiling of Asia’s First 3D Printed Titanium Bike Frame by a Chinese Company” on 3DPrinting.com


Titan Super Bond and Bright Laser Technology (BLT) have marked a significant advancement in the Chinese bicycle sector. Their combined efforts have led to the creation of Asia’s first completely 3D printed titanium alloy bicycle frame, addressing numerous research and development and production challenges within the industry.

The Chinese bicycle industry, recognised globally, has been wrestling with long production timelines and high levels of material waste. By adopting metal 3D printing, the collaborative initiative exceedingly streamlined the production procedure, cutting down production time by 30% and reducing material wastage by over 20%. This innovative technology not only ensures an essential dimensional accuracy of 0.03mm but also provides customisable parts designed to fit individual riders, enhancing overall performance and comfort levels.

In 2022, Titan Super Bond incorporated the use of the BLT-A320 Laser-Powder Bed Fusion metal 3D printer. This brought about a revolution in their manufacturing procedures. The collaborative efforts led to the inception of innovative solutions to control the deformation of complex-shaped parts and reduce weight. This established new standards in lightweight design and manufacturing quality. These advancements didn’t just pass international tests but hinted at emerging possibilities such as robotic automated welding in the future.

The BLT-A320 machine has established itself as a cornerstone, capable of manufacturing high-precision, durable, and corrosion-resistant titanium alloy bicycle components. Apart from the bicycle sector, BLT’s concept of “cross-industry collaboration” is intended to infuse technological energy throughout varied industries.

This monumental leap, addressing both cost and time impediments of traditional methods, puts on display the benefits of metal 3D printing in terms of accuracy, consistency, and effectiveness. The lightweight components ofthe new frame help not only in enhancing the speed of the bicycle but also contributes to efficient power transmission and elastic riding characteristics.

This technological advancement not only cuts costs and production times, but it also escalates the overall quality and durability of bicycle frames, signaling a bright future for Asian bicycle makers.

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