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.

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.”

Marvelous 3D Printed Sugar Cubes

3D printing has become almost ordinary thing in contemporary world. And now you can even drink cup of coffee or tea with 3D printed sugar. Don’t believe? Then check this collection of complex 3D printed sugar creation from The Sugar Lab at 3DSystems. The Sugar Lab creates designs for extreme geometric complexity and then uses their customized 3D printers to print them into reality in sugar. The sweet designs are still 100% safe to use as sugar for your coffee or tea. Just imagine how would look like your cup with these stunning sugar cubes. It will be very aesthetic spectacle! But at the same time it will be very hard to drop these artistic creations into hot drink and watch it melt into nothingness.

3D-Printed Spherical Gear System Kinetic Sculpture

“Mechaneu v1” is the first in a series of kinetic, 3D printed objects by New York-based Proxy Design Studio. Developed to explore the limits of 3D printing as an art form, the miniature sculptures feature an elaborate network of 64 interlocking gears and support structures. Created in a one-shot fabrication process, the artifacts were produced with sophisticated 3D modeling tools and custom algorithms that reference cellular growth patterns, giving the object its porous form. Spin one gear and the entire sphere is catalyzed with rotation. “Nature solves many problems through shape alone, using material only where needed and taking out where unnecessary,” explains Toru Hasegawa, a designer and partner at Proxy Design Studio. “This is a strategy you find over and over in the natural world, leading to complex geometries such as bone structures. We used this same logic on every part of the Mechaneu to create a porous object that feels completely solid.”