Monday, March 21, 2011

3D Printing and Airbike

According to Wiki, 3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printing is a technology that allows building real objects from 3D drawings. Computer aid design (CAD) can be used to design 3D object via 3D computer graphics. The combination of 3D printing and CAD makes 3D printer to play. 3D printer has been around for many years but its application is limited due to its high cost. Recently thanks to technology progresses in electronics, CAD, and material science, 3D printing is near more reality.

EADS (European Aerospace and Defence Group) has used a process called additive layer manufacturing that combines 3D printing with laser technology to create the Airbike.

The prototype on display is completely functional and is as good as any other normal bike that you pick up from the stores, ready for a ride on the road.

Airbike is a good instance to show the promising future of 3D printing which is more environmentally friendly than traditional manufacturing methods.

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