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Chinese company launches Asia's first 3D printed titanium alloy bicycle frame

2024-01-08 14:24

Titan Super Bond and Guangda Laser Technology (BLT) have achieved milestone achievements in the Chinese bicycle industry. The cooperation between the two parties has led to the birth of Asia's first fully 3D printed titanium alloy bicycle frame, solving the challenges faced by the industry in research and production.

As a leader in the global bicycle industry, the Chinese bicycle industry has been striving to solve the problems of long production times and serious material waste. By adopting metal 3D printing technology, the cooperation between the two parties has greatly simplified the production process, shortened production time by 30%, and reduced material waste by 20%. This technology not only maintains a critical dimensional accuracy of 0.03 millimeters, but also tailors parts for riders to improve performance and comfort.

In 2022, Titan Super Bond integrated the BLT-A320 laser powder bed molten metal 3D printer into its business, completely changing the manufacturing process. The cooperation between both parties provides innovative solutions for deformation control and weight reduction of complex shaped parts, setting a new benchmark in lightweight design and manufacturing quality. These advancements have not only passed international tests, but also foreshadow the possibility of future applications such as robot automatic welding.
The BLT-A320 equipment has become the cornerstone for producing high-precision, durable, and corrosion-resistant titanium alloy bicycle components. In addition to the bicycle industry, BLT's vision of "cross industry cooperation" aims to inject technological vitality into various industries.

This breakthrough solves the cost and time limitations of traditional methods and demonstrates the advantages of metal 3D printing in terms of accuracy, stability, and efficiency. The lightweight components of the new frame not only improve the speed of the bicycle, but also help achieve efficient power transmission and elastic riding characteristics.
This technological leap not only reduces costs and shortens production time, but also improves the overall quality and durability of bicycle frames, foreshadowing a bright future for Asian bicycle manufacturers.