DMLS 3D Printed Titanium Alloy Bike Bottle Cage

DMLS 3D Printed Titanium Alloy Bike Bottle Cage

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Process 3D Print, Polish
Material Metal
Quantity 10 pcs
Price Range $100-1,000
Lead Time 2 workdays

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About Project

For cyclists who prioritize performance and a touch of elegance, a DMLS 3D-printed titanium alloy bike bottle cage is the perfect upgrade. Unlike its anodized rainbow counterpart, this cage embraces a sophisticated, low-key aesthetic. The raw, unadulterated titanium boasts a sleek, gunmetal grey finish that seamlessly complements the classic look of a black bike.

DMLS 3D printing, also known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering, creates a remarkably strong and lightweight cage. Titanium, a premium material known for its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, is ideal for cycling components. The DMLS process builds the cage layer by layer using a laser beam, allowing for intricate designs with minimal material waste. The result? A cage that's incredibly strong, yet surprisingly light, minimizing weight on your frame.

Titanium is naturally corrosion-resistant, making this DMLS printed cage highly durable. It can withstand the elements, from scorching summers to wet and muddy trails, without succumbing to rust or degradation. This ensures a long-lasting investment that will serve you for countless rides to come.

The understated grey finish of the cage exudes a sense of refinement. It complements the sleek lines of your bike without being ostentatious. This allows you to personalize your ride with a subtle touch of individuality.

Looking for innovative 3D-printed components to enhance your cycling experience? Look no further than FacFox. We offer a wide range of 3D printing services specifically tailored for the cycling industry. From lightweight handlebars to aerodynamic seatposts, our team of experts can help you design and manufacture custom parts that perfectly suit your needs and riding style.

Visit FacFox today and discover the possibilities of 3D printing for your bike!

Solution

  • Step 1: Material Preparation. Titanium powder, chosen for its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, was meticulously sieved and inspected to ensure consistent particle size and quality.

  • Step 2: Digital Design. A detailed computer-aided design (CAD) model of the bike cage was created. This model specified the cage’s geometry, weight distribution, and internal structure for optimal performance.

  • Step 3: 3D Printing. The prepared titanium powder was then loaded into a DMLS 3D printing machine. Using a high-powered laser beam, the machine meticulously melted and fused the powder layer by layer, following the pre-designed CAD model.

  • Step 4: Support Removal. Once the printing process was complete, the cage was carefully removed from the build chamber. Support structures, used during printing to maintain the cage’s shape, were then meticulously removed using specialized tools.

  • Step 5: Quality Control. The finished cage underwent rigorous quality control checks. This included dimensional inspections to ensure accuracy and surface finish examinations to confirm a smooth and flawless finish.

  • Step 6: Post-Processing. While this specific cage remained unadulterated, in some cases, the cage might undergo additional post-processing steps like heat treatment to enhance its mechanical properties or media blasting for a specific surface texture.