The Gloucester Citizen is reporting that Renishaw
and Empire Cycles
have teamed up to produce the first "printed" mountain bike from metal parts. The story says, "Renishaw in Wotton-under-Edge and a bike manufacturer based on a Lancashire trading estate are believed to have come up with a world first in the shape of a metal bicycle frame manufactured on a 3D printer. Normally they are used to create prototypes in plastic but Renishaw is the UK’s only manufacturer of a metal-based additive manufacturing machine which 'prints' metal parts" You can read the entire story by clicking here.
No price is set but expect the cost to mimic that of a carbon fiber frame. The new process could revolutionize the way mountain bikes are made and the speed at which that can be developed.
The printed parts before they are welded and heat treated.