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A group of students from the Netherlands spent three months designing and producing the fully functioning 3D bike that’s constructed with a 3D printed, stainless steel frame. Their goal was to showcase the potential of what could be made by the process of 3D printing metal.

The students worked with Amsterdam-based MX3D to print the frame as part of a research project at the Industrial Design Engineering facility in which the students explore the possibilities of producing medium to large scale metal projects using a welding process. This is the first 3d bike that’s ever been 3D printed using a welding process and the students encourage other to keep building on what they’ve started.

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Being students living in the Netherlands, printing a bicycle seemed a natural choice, since they were hoping to design a functional object that people would actually use. The bicycle weighs about the same as a typical steel bicycle and rides well on the bumpy cobblestone streets it was tested on.

Ryan Nesbitt

Ryan Nesbitt

Dad, Cyclist, Marketeer, QPR fan and lover of most things Design & Tech. A former Personal Trainer with too many injuries from Running, Football and Rugby; he found Cycling and never looked back. Ryan is founder and regular writer at You can find him on Instagram at @CyclingChap

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