3D printed bike

Sam’s new 3D printed sweet ride.

Today we joined designer Sam Froud at his studio to chat about the highly anticipated delivery of his new bike.

But it’s not just any bike that has had Sam eagerly waiting the postman; it’s one of the first ever 3D printed bikes – with parts manufactured by our 3D printing experts.

You may recall prototype #1, which we brought to you earlier this year.

Sam Froud has joined forces with the same bike company, Flying Machine, to come up with this gem, dubbed Prototype #2.

They contacted us, and once again, we used our 3D printer to make a sweet set of lugs, the small metallic components that join the tubular frame of the bike, for the two-wheeler.

The new 3D printed parts make for ‘infinite flexibility’ and generally give riders a better cycling experience.

Sam’s bike was on display all weekend at the Design Matters event in Melbourne, part of Melbourne International Design Week 2014.

Sam definitely knows design matters, especially when it comes to 3D printing bikes.  Check out our chat with Sam and watch his first ride.


  1. why was it invented ? (im doing a case study for design and tech)

    1. Hi Daniel, the vehicle you see here is actually the second iteration of the 3D printed bike. The designer, Matthew Andrew, discusses a number of reasons for 3D printing components, in this SBS article from last year: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/01/31/bike-3d-printed-parts-revealed-0. One of the key reasons for choosing 3D printed titanium, is the ease of customising components.

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  3. Niiice!

    Any cost projection for a single bike? Longevity of the carbon fiber ‘chain’?

    1. Nice they are! The team at Flying Machine should be able to answer your questions about price tags and the longevity of other parts. http://www.flyingmachine.com.au/studio/


  4. WOW … that blows my mind! It would be great to know exactly which parts are 3D printed … is that info somewhere? Thanks … Darren

    1. Hi Darren,

      We printed all the lugs, the small metallic components that join the tubular frame of the bike. The frame is also made from titanium but it was manufactured traditionally.


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