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Indian Motorcycles Market 3D Printed Bikes

Indian Motorcycles Market 3D Printed Bikes - Businessweek

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will we be able to print harleys in our garage one day?

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who do all the tools look like toys...

you cant print forged metals, you'd need laser sintering. Would be interesting but we're still SOO far from that. The companies will never let us, theres no need for them afterwards.
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I think I know where this is going. Could we one day see 3D printed harleys being made in a small shop?
All they would need are all the specs and info for the computer and out goes a Harley.



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We might be able to print some parts like accessories or adons that are basic

Something that doesn't need to be structurally super strong.

I'm sure we will see it happen within the decade.
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We might be able to print some parts like accessories or adons that are basic

Something that doesn't need to be structurally super strong.

I'm sure we will see it happen within the decade.
It just depends on what material you use and the process.

At least with local 3D printing happening it will save us on shipping and any middle man costs.



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3D printing is going to be more about individual parts, but those parts can be put together to make something bigger. I don't think you can print metal though, and if you could I bet it would be super expensive.

Its pretty cool that we can do this in any way. I am excited to see how the technology develops over the next while.

It does look like a toy bike or something. In fact, i was expecting this thread to be about toy bikes and not full-size ones.
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I think there is already tech to print metal

Though most of it is for plastics.


Because of the accuracy of 3d printing they can have very consistent structures. So shapes can be printed inside of the metal objects to increase their rigidity. At least in terms of how much pressure it can take pushed against it.

The complications is when you need parts that are are strong as forged metal. Printed parts tend to have the consistency of cast metal. Kind of powdery and can tear when high levels of stress are placed through the object.

Maybe there is a way to heat forge the metals made from 3D printing.

As for hot press forging.. Not sure if 3d printing can match the power of that

Some things are probably best kept for old school methods

But certain parts that dont require as much tensile strength can likely be printed. Anything that is made from cnc machined non forged aluminum (lots of parts) can just as well be printed. And the printing machines are just as expensive as cnc machines if not cheaper.

One more. Industrial forging. Crazy

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All i can say is that I can't wait to see the wealth of 3D printed parts to come for our bikes



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I've been looking into buying a small 3D printer for home for some time now

I think the one thing holding me back is my lack of knowledge on how to use 3D cad programs.
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also the type of 3D printer will matter, it's not just a one does all thing as some may expect



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