A new cycle in bike manufacturing
Perth-based bicycle company, Flying Machine, create bespoke bikes that are enjoyable to ride and and visually stunning.
The company had been importing certain parts for their bikes for some time. This was proving to be not only expensive but it also meant that their product was not entirely Australian made.
They had been interested in 3D printing technology to improve the manufacturing of their bike parts and make them more customised for some time. Until they discovered our Melbourne printing facility, they were unsure of just who to turn to in order to make it happen.
Teaming with experts to create the next generation bike
We partnered with the company to help them prototype and print new and completely customised parts out of titanium at our Melbourne additive manufacturing facility Lab 22. The parts included the bike's lugs, which are the small metallic components that join the tubular frame of the bike.
After receiving the files for print, it took under 10 days to produce and ship, compared to 10 weeks for more conventional parts.
The bike's 3D printed parts make for 'infinite flexibility' and generally give riders a better cycling experience.
The finished product
This project means that anyone can own their own 3D printed bicycle, made to fit their exact measurements and riding style. The new bike provides a far better bike riding experience for customers.
What's also really exciting is that the lugs are produced in Melbourne and the frame building is done in the team's Perth studio, making these Flying Machines truly Australian made.