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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:27 pm 
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Link courtesy Unocogero

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12664422

makes a nice noise at the end :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:38 pm 
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The futures bright, the futures nylon. Not.

Reminds me of this monstrosity that never caught on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_bicycle

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:59 pm 
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I wonder if they used nylon for the bearings..... or maybe they didn't bother judging by the noise it made at the end


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:09 pm 
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I'm sure it is a fantastic piece of design using cutting-edge production techniques but they need to think of the potential market first.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:26 pm 
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these will not sell, the price will be waaaay to high
these things take longer than some cnc programs :shock:

when we 3d print stuff at college/uni its as good as a chocolate teapot :?
rough times for that are
for example 5-6 hours for a teapot iirc

sooo :? hmm


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:43 pm 
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This isn't a bike as such, it is a technology demonstrator. It could of been a guitar, an umbrella or a hand whisk. The point is it is a familiar object manufactured in a new (to the viewers of BBC breakfast at least) technology.

As a technology demonstrator I cant help but think the section on the beeb this morning did the technology more harm than good. What the feck was that noise comming from it. You dont need to know much about bikes to know that a sound like that is not expected from a bike. Also the design is fairly fugly (some of this will be due to limitations on bed size on the machines.) They would of been better off with a hand whisk!

The machines use will be slightly more advanced than those found in colleges and the like, and for the right components it can be the fastest or even the only way to manufacture them.

Manufacturing in "nylon" is only the thin edge of the possible wedge. I have used similar processes to laser sinter titanium for use in one off medical implants. I had also previously designed an internally honeycombed stem with the intention of getting it made in titanium, however the cost put me off!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:51 pm 
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so it does have its uses

just not what they did
good for prototypes

this i sthe one my college had i think
http://www.zcorp.com/en/Products/3D-Printers/ZPrinter-250/spage.aspx


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:56 am 
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it seems to be the ultimate in BSO technology


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