A Bike You Can 'Print' at Home?

At the School of Industrial Design, we've never met a designer who didn't love having a 3-D printer. But what about printing your own bike frame, one strong enough to actually ride, on a real trail.

That is what industrial design instructor Kevin Shankwiler and his students are proposing. At the School of Industrial Design, the design part is real, not theory.

“When we’re done, our ultimate goal is take the bike to the Silver Comet Trail and see how far we can ride it,” he told the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. The trail runs from west Cobb into Alabama.

Shankwiler, a Georgia Tech alumnus, and his students have been working on the project for about a year. The project started last year with his undergrads, and has continued with his graduate students.

It has taken special materials and lots of patience, since they are printing on a desktop printer. “Sometimes it takes as much as 12 hours to print one small component.” he said.

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