Back in August I posted a video on experimental bicycle parts being made out of Titanium via the new 3D printing process. Well, not only is this method of prototyping and manufacturing going full-speed ahead, but your meek and humble Editor managed to procure an actual 3D part from a source of mine in the Aerospace industry.
While this may look like an innocuous piece of plastic, it is actually a prototype tool to be used in the building of commercial spacecraft. It measures four-inches in diameter, by three-and-a-half inches tall. Three -Dimensional parts can be built, or "Layered" from a digital model, and "Put Together," rather than being machined or cast.
So, why is this important? Well, the capabilities of the 3D process are about limitless, and the applications are completely universal. Not only will Aerospace, industrial parts, and consumer products be made faster cheaper, and better than before, but so will our bicycle parts.
Isn't science and engineering cool!