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3D printing is all the rage at the moment and in recent years we’ve seen several bikes being made using this technology. Just recently the small Perth-based Flying Machine Bicycle Studio revealed a bike that they’ve dubbed the 3DP-F1, a titanium bike featuring 3D-printed lugs.
Lugged frames have become less popular in recent years due to limitations with variations in geometry. But by using 3D printing the folks at Flying Machine have great flexibility and can create machines with geometry tailored to the rider.
Flying Machine partnered with the Titanium Technology Division at CSIRO (the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation), reportedly the only organisation in the Southern Hemisphere with a 3D printer capable of producing titanium parts.
The titanium lugs are produced in Melbourne and shipped to Perth where the folks at Flying Machine use an aerospace-grade epoxy adhesive to bond the titanium tubing with the 3d-printed lugs.
The Flying Machine 3DP-F1 you see in this post was built up with the following components:
– Drivetrain: Gates Carbon Drive, Centretrack with a 55-tooth front sprocket and 20-tooth rear
– Hubs: White Industries M15 titanium cassette with single-speed spacer kit
– Rims: H + Son Archetype
– Spokes: DT Swisse Competition
– Tyres: Schwalbe Durano
– Saddle: Fizik Aliante VS
– Handlebars: FM Custom
– Forks: FM Custom Carbon
– Bar Tape: Dipell Competition, leather
– Bottom Bracket: Bushnell Featherweight eccentric with White Industries Ti spindle BB
– Brakes: Tektro R570 calipers with RL340 levers
Matt Andrew is the owner and designer at Flying Machine and this particular bike was custom built for him. The company is aiming to be able to produce fully tailored custom frames within 10 days of order and with complete bikes available within three weeks. Production versions of the machine will be available with a range of component options and colour schemes.
If you’d like to learn more about getting your own custom built Flying Machine 3DP-F1, click here.
In the meantime, enjoy the photos below.