Anycubic, a leading 3D printer manufacturer of both FDM and resin printers, recently sponsored T°Red’s Falcon project with its Kobra Max 3D printer. This collaboration displayed 3D printing’s advantage in prototyping and definitive production in the cycling field.
The Falcon is a new project directly related to the Paris 2024 Olympics and promises to change how the bicycle is intended for athletes entirely. It included the work on research and development of new materials, new production techniques, new design, and the design of exclusive parts and components.
T°Red presented the 3D printed bike project live broadcast at the Cariplo Factory in Milan on May 9, 2022. In the presentation, the T°Red team also introduced one of the Falcon’s contributors, the large-format FDM 3D printer, the Anycubic Kobra Max.
According to T°Red’s team’s information, Additive is for T°RED BIKES’ way to do things more dedicatedly and customize every detail for each cyclist and athlete.
Currently, T°Red’s laboratories mainly use consumer desktop FDM 3D printers such as the Anycubic Chiron and other brands’ 3D printers, and these printers have an excellent yield for the models they make.
To meet the team’s requirement of extending the use of rapid prototyping to commonly standard parts, the T°Red team moved to Anycubic Kobra Max. This machine let the team try up to 5-6 prototypes in one print run, to find the best custom solution for each passionate athlete.
Romolo Stanco, one of the most innovative and “technological” designers and scientists in Europe and also the designer of the T°Red bike team, said:
“What fascinates me about this 3D-printed bike is that it has been the way to see, test, and try many different solutions. For some parts that need a larger printer to be printed, the Kobra Max has been the perfect choice to quickly create the particulars in our labs. After development and test in our laboratory and in the wind tunnel, we could print out the final parts in metal additive manufacturing (Scalmalloy® or Titanium). For us, it is essential to use rapid tools, the automatic printed calibration system. for example, it allows you to be immediately operational and have precision in executing even substantial pieces.”Romolo Stanco, T°Red bike team designer
The use of the Kobra Max 3D printer in the Falcon project demonstrated that 3D printers are changing the cycling Industry through different types such as components, gear, and saddles.
With the help of 3D printers, users could unleash their creativity and designs, thus breeding innovation in the cycling field. In addition, 3D printers could also help users do sustainable projects and customize exclusive products in the production process.