Extreme sports and the demand for lighter and stronger products drives the recreational and outdoor industries. Solid and reliable design and finished part production are critical in building customer loyalty. For the professional, high-value parts and consumers in these industries, 3D printing provides cost-effective exotic metal production, R&D flexibility, one-off customization, and speed-to-market efficiencies.
i3D MFG™’s 3D engineering, material application, and metal printing expertise offers our clients next generation design-for-3D innovations. We manufacture fully functional 3D metal parts and components in Titanium, Inconel, Stainless Steel, Maraging (tool) Steel, and Aluminum. Generally, the DMLS process has held tolerances of +/- .002 off of the machine and can be post-processed to even finer specifications.
Titanium Bicycle Parts
i3D MFG™ specializes in DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) in titanium. Because additive manufacturing builds parts by fusing tens of thousands of micro-layers of metal powder together using 400W lasers on 20 to 40 micron layers of metal powder instead of machining a part out of billet, material waste is reduced by close to 70%. The efficient use of material makes 3D printed titanium more cost effective than most machined or cast titanium parts. The ability to customize designs and manufacture in small batches without tooling and set-up costs adds further value for custom bike manufacturers.