3D printing is gradually becoming an indispensable technology in optimizing new products. At Flanders' Bike Valley we apply 3D printing for rapid prototypes. Applying the technique of Additive Manufacturing enables us to develop objects (in a fast and cost-efficient way) which can be tested immediately afterwards in our windtunnel. At the moment we use ICA Filaments PLA for our 3D prints, mainly because of the high printing comfort.
The result? Look for yourself. 3D printing, in combination with PLA filament, allow us to quickly make small adjustments in our prototypes such as the above bicycle part and bottle cage. PLA gives us great results in form and surface, but does not have the rigidity and strength to serve as a user object. Now that we are also developing more experience in 3D printing, we are very curious about the results of PLA + and PET. To be continued!
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