Furia – 3D Printed and Carbon Fiber Concept Bike

Winner of the prize “Eccellenze del Design nel Lazio” issued by ADI Italy, Furia by Francesco Manocchio is a concept bicycle design to experiment a technological fusion between carbon fiber composite and 3D printing material. Exploring the emerging techniques of rapid manufacturing, gave me the opportunity to be inspired by technology. Looking for lightness, strength and performance this design process aims to define our speculative view of bicycle in the next future. “The result is a 3D model 1:1 produced with a desktop 3D printer (replicator 2x) as a volume study. The use of technological solution such as hub-center steering comes from motorcycles’ world, Tesi 3D by Bimota is an Italian example of this innovative technology applied on a sportive motorcycle. New production systems and materials offer to designers’ new insightful perspectives, that we have to explore in order to innovate, Furia is one of those paths, designed to provoke and inspire.” If you’re interested in 3D printing bikes you should also check 3D Printed Bicycle ‘3BEE’ and Fully Functioning 3D Printed Stainless Steel Bike.

The First 3D Printed Gold Spica Virginis Fountain Pen

Dutch designer and technologist Rein van der Mast wanted to change the way we look at luxury writing instruments, and came up with this one-of-a-kind fountain pen. Called Spica Virginis, after the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, this luxurious pen is a world first, crafted with the help of 3D printing technology, with intricate details made from 18k solid gold. This beautiful thing was meant to resemble an ear of grain and it will be available in either 18k yellow gold as well as white gold, packing 3D printed nibs too. If you fancy titanium more than gold, since a lot lighter, with less than 1/3 of the density of gold, the Spica Virginis can be also ordered in a titanium plated version with a thick layer of 24K gold and a tiny amount of cobalt to stand the test of time even better. In the meantime, I’m sure you all understand that exclusivity and precious metals come at a price. Which is why the 18l yellow or white gold versions of the pen are priced at a cool €14,320, while a titanium version plated with a wear resistant layer of 24K gold will set you back as much as €4,960.

3D-Printed Lab 2 Titanium Earphones

S-Next, a Japan-based boutique premium audio gear manufacturer, has designed and developed Lab 2, a new set of earphones encased in a Steampunk styled 3D modeled Titanium exterior. Unique and super stylish, the titanium case of these earphones also improves the distribution of high frequency sounds coming out a 15 mm dynamic driver, with the back of the driver being also made of titanium for improved low frequency audio experience. The mesmerizing housing was specifically designed to emulate a gap between the ear canal and the sound source, and then the 3D printed titanium is eventually refined, thanks to a proprietary chemical treatment, adding gloss and the ultimate smooth touch. Only 200 units of the Lab 2 earphones will be ever made, on sale from October 22, at 450,000 Yen ($4,300). This make Lab 2 the most expensive pair of 3D printed earphones on the market.

Aquariums Filled With 3D Printed Flora by Designer Haruka Misawa

Designer and founder of Misawa Design Institute, Haruka Misawa, has designed a series of minimal aquariums titled “Waterscapes” that include 3D printed objects inspired by undersea plant life. These works mimic coral and other aquatic flora that small fish use as hiding places, yet are all manufactured digitally. The objects are ones that would normal topple or crumble because of their own weight, yet because of their underwater location are able to exist as buoyant additions to the aesthetically pleasing fish homes. Within the series Misawa has also designed bubbles of air within the aquariums that allow plants to thrive at the center of her creations. These meta environments appear like miniature fish bowls within larger aquariums, with plants floating at the top of the inner enclosures. These works were displayed recently in Taiwan in an exhibition titled “Waterscape”.

Light Rider – World’s First 3D Printed Motorcycle

APWorks just announced the creation of the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle that can actually be used as a daily rider. Aptly named the Light Rider, given that it weighs in at a mere 35 kg (77 lb), the electric-powered two-wheeler appears to be what would happen if H.R. Geiger designed a motorcycle. The company said the exoskeleton-like design of the Light Rider came from the need to make the frame structurally able to withstand the loads and stresses of everyday riding. Powered by a 6-kW (8-hp) electric motor with a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), it may not be at home on the freeway, but can be used for daily city driving and commuting. The frame of the Light Rider weighs all of 6 kg (13 lb) and is made of a material created and patented by APWorks called Scalmalloy. This is a second-generation aluminum-magnesium-scandium alloy (AlMgS) that the company claims is stronger than the aluminum-silicon powder material used in most production-scale 3D printing today. The use of Scalmalloy allowed APWorks to create hollow rather than solid frame parts, which made it easier to hide most of the cables and other elements that might be more visible on a standard motorcycle. Bionic algorithms were also used to optimize the entire structure, resulting in a cleaner overall design and a finished bike that weighs 30 percent lighter than other eBikes currently in production. And don’t forget our list of the fastest bikes of the world.

3D Printed Bicycle ‘3BEE’

The 3D-printed “3BEE” bicycle designed by Tamás Túri aims to create ideal harmony between man and machine! It’s inspired by the shape of the human body and designed to be perfectly adjusted to its user. From its integrated seat to the spacing of the pedals, the bike is fully adapted to the user’s specific measurements from the onset of production. The 3D printing technique enables the owner to personalize the bike with various parts, details and features for a fully customized look and feel. Though it looks like a race bike, it’s designed primarily as a commuter. Its monocoque S-shaped frame is ultra-lightweight and makes it easy to throw over a shoulder.

Fully Functioning 3D Printed Stainless Steel Bike

A team of students from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, have designed and produced a fully functioning 3D printed stainless steel bike. The project took three months to complete, working together with MX3D in Amsterdam, to print the bike using multi axis robotic arms as 3D printers. The bicycle named Arc, was designed as part of a research project at the Industrial Design Engineering faculty, that looks into the viability of metal 3D printing using a welding machine. “It was important for us to design a functional object that people use everyday. Being students in the Netherlands, a bicycle naturally came to mind. A bicycle frame is a good test for the technology because of the complex forces involved.” – Stef de Groot (Arc Bicycle team) To make sure the frame stood up to daily use, the students rode the bicycle around the city of Delft. It weighs about the same as a normal steel bicycle, and performs well on the often bumpy cobblestone streets of the city. The project was coordinated by Dr. Jouke Verlinden, scientist and coordinator of the 3D Building FieldLab & Researcher on Human-Centered Digital Fabrication at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft.

ATOSSA 3D Printed Footwear by Behrad Ghodsi

Atossa is a stunning 3D printed footwear by designer Behrad Ghodsi. “Atossa is the new generation of 3D printed footwear, designed only for you and your feet. Atossa is about style, comfort and quality. Atossa started as the idea for redesigning industrial and social systems that deliver the products to us. We thought of getting help of 3D print technology to develop customized products. Our goals were to minimize the waste of matter and energy and increase people’s involvement in the design process.” The shoe design isn’t random. It takes inspiration from our own body’s bone micro-structure. Making it sturdy, no matter how frail it looks. The shoe is designed in a way that supports all the pressure points of the foot in a way that is good for you. Each shoe is bespoke. The Atossa app allows you to send the designers pictures of your foot and have them construct shoes best suited for your wear. You can also customize the way the strap goes around your ankle, virtually giving one design multiple avatars. And just when you thought the shoe design couldn’t be more well-planned, the 3D printing uses a material called PLA to build the shoe. An organic plastic that can bio-degrade. Having said that, these heels definitely reach newer heights; and makes sure you do too!

Stunning 3D-Printed Faucets

Take a look at 3D printed faucets! DXV by American Standard is taking it to the next level with their brand new creative faucet designs created with 3D printing technology. Using selective laser sintering, each faucet takes about 24 hours to be printed out of solid metal. It is then hand-finished to create a more polished look.

SuperMod – Modular 3D Printed Wall System

As part of their residency at Bold Machines, Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed of Simplus Design created SuperMod, a modular wall system that has been 3D printed. “SuperMod is a 3D printed modular wall system which creates a versatile aggregation of storage that is equal parts function and beauty. The wall fluctuates between different sized modules to accommodate various types of storage needs, making it an ideal place for your favorite books, plants, spirits and more. The wall makes an excellent partition, that can divide space or stand on it’s own to enhance it. Individual modules can be detached and swapped out to create more or less porosity and achieve different levels of visibility through the piece. A variation of shadows and reflected light are generated by the faceted pattern on the exterior of the modules, which is then continued more subtly onto the interior surfaces, adding a tactile texture and continuous detail. 3D Printed materials of opaque white and translucent red plastic allow for light to come through certain modules and produce glowing effects that enhance their surrounding space. Each module was fabricated on MakerBot Z18 3D Printers and they range in size from 14 to 22 inches.”

The Rumbles – Collection of 3D Printed Pendant Lamps

Studio MeraldiRubini have designed The Rumbles, a collection of 3 lamps that were created using 3D printers. “Inalye, Iraya and Issay, are the three elements that make up the family Rumbles. Hanging lamps made through the use of modern 3D printers. They are characterized by soft and sinuous shapes that embrace diffuser. Through the holes on the surface, you can admire the light source inside the lampshade without getting dazzled. Are objects that creates light, but also shadow … that create a unique atmosphere.”

3D Printed Concrete Castle

Following two years of research and development into the capabilities of technology on an architectural scale, Minnesota-based engineer Andrey Rudenko has completed a 3D printed concrete castle, life-sized and capable of habitation. The walls of the small fortress, as well as three tops of the towers, have been fabricated separately and finally assembled and amassed into the single, free-standing structure. “with this new technology” Rudenko describes “it is possible to print limitless amounts of classical décor as well as brand new elements and shapes, whereas previous technology made innovative constructions difficult and expensive.” The 3D technology has allowed the design and engineering team to implement architectural ideas in construction otherwise difficult to replicate, such as intricate turret details and facade patterns. “A new era of architecture is inevitable” Rudenko continues “and I’m excited to see where the next few years will lead in terms of construction and design. I have previously been sure I could print homes, but having finished the castle, I now have proof that the technology is ready.”