Another interesting article on SLS showing the advantages this Rapid Prototyping process can afford to actual small batch production runs.
“The key benefit for Empire Cycles is the performance advantages that this construction method bestows,” says the brand, which first approached Renishaw with its design.
“As no tooling is required, continual design improvements can be made easily, and as the component cost is based on volume and not complexity, some very light parts will be possible at minimal costs.”
Read more @ Dezeen
The frame has been additively manufactured in titanium alloy in sections and bonded together. This offers a number of advantages:
» Rapid iterations; flexibility to make design improvements right up to production
» Ability to make shapes derived by topological optimisation (see over)
» Ultimate customisation and tailoring – make one-offs as easily as production batches
» Complex shape with internal strengthening features
» Hollow structures
» Built in features, such as the rider’s name
Performance, titanium alloy
» Seat post bracket 44% lighter than aluminium alloy version
» Extremely strong – tested to EN 14766
» Corrosion resistant and long lasting