Titan Super Bond and Bright Laser Technology (BLT) have achieved a milestone in the Chinese bicycle industry. The partnership resulted in the first fully 3D printed titanium alloy bicycle frame in Asia, addressing challenges in R&D and production faced by the industry.
The Chinese bicycle sector, a global leader, grappled with extended production timelines and high material waste. Embracing metal 3D printing, the collaboration significantly streamlined the production process, slashing production time by 30% and reducing material waste by over 20%. The technology not only maintains a crucial dimensional accuracy of 0.03mm but also allows for customized parts tailored to individual riders, elevating performance and comfort.
In 2022, Titan Super Bond integrated the BLT-A320 Laser-Powder Bed Fusion metal 3D printer into their operations, revolutionizing the manufacturing process. The collaboration led to innovative solutions for deformation control of complex-shaped parts and weight reduction, setting new benchmarks in lightweight design and manufacturing quality. These advancements not only passed international tests but also hinted at future possibilities, like robotic automated welding.
The BLT-A320 machine emerged as a cornerstone, capable of producing high-precision, durable, and corrosion-resistant titanium alloy bicycle components. Beyond the bicycle industry, BLT’s vision of “cross-industry collaboration” aims to inject technological vitality across sectors.
This breakthrough, addressing cost and time constraints associated with traditional methods, showcases the advantages of metal 3D printing in terms of precision, stability, and efficiency. The lightweight components of the new frame not only enhance bike speed but also contribute to efficient power transmission and elastic riding characteristics.
This technological leap not only reduces costs and production times but also enhances the overall quality and durability of bicycle frames, heralding a promising future for Asian bicycle manufacturers.
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