Additive manufacturing in the cycling industry: mainstream or gimmick?

Collins, Paul and Gibson, Ian 2016, Additive manufacturing in the cycling industry: mainstream or gimmick?, in ICDF 2016 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Digital Fabrication, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 77-81.

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Title Additive manufacturing in the cycling industry: mainstream or gimmick?
Author(s) Collins, PaulORCID iD for Collins, Paul
Gibson, IanORCID iD for Gibson, Ian
Conference name Digital Fabrication. Conference (2nd : 2016 : Tokyo, Japan)
Conference location Tokyo, Japan
Conference dates 3-5 Mar. 2016
Title of proceedings ICDF 2016 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Digital Fabrication
Publication date 2016
Start page 77
End page 81
Total pages 5
Publisher Keio University
Place of publication Tokyo, Japan
Summary INTRODUCTION. Additive manufacturing (AM) for various industries has been trailed, prototyped and used in limited production runs (Gibson, 2015). But considering additive manufacturing with metallic materials has been around for over 15 years the penetration into an industry such as cycling that values customisation and progressive design techniques has been quite limited. This case study looks at the potential of and why additive manufacturing has not progressed from concept development and prototyping into production and mainstream. Selective Laser Melting (SLM) additive manufacturing systems mainly use Stainless Steel 316 (SS316) and Titanium 6Al.4V (Ti64) as a baseline material; both these materials are extremely common in the custom and high volume bike industries. For the purposes of this article we will focus on smaller custom bike manufacturers who are typically more agile and open to high levels of customisation in their products. The study finds that whilst a high number of companies will experiment and prototype with additive manufacturing there is little evidence that the design and development process translates to ongoing production for sale to the consumer, this could be due to knowledge of design and fabrication techniques.
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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