3d printed bikes are on the rise in the U.S. and Europe, with companies like FAB Labs, 3d Robotics, and 3D Printing Factory 3 releasing prototypes to customers.
But it’s a complicated and often expensive process.
A 3d-printed bicycle, for example, could cost thousands of dollars.
And many of the models that make it to the market don’t fit into the mold of the existing bicycle market.
The biggest challenge for bike makers, said Peter McKeon, a bicycle industry consultant and the former president of the Bicycle Industry Association of America, is to create a product that fits the needs of both new and existing riders.
“It’s going to be difficult for manufacturers to do that because of the size of the market,” he said.
For example, the average bicycle is now about 40 percent bigger than it was 10 years ago.
“We are seeing a significant shift from traditional bicycle manufacturers to a new generation of bike makers,” said Michael D. O’Donnell, executive director of the National Bicycle Manufacturers Association, in an email.
He said the industry has invested more than $500 million to develop the next generation of bicycle models, and there are more than 500 companies working on a variety of bicycle projects.
“As bike makers grow, we have the potential to have a more effective and scalable path to mass production,” he wrote.
McKeons goal is to produce a bicycle that can accommodate up to 10 riders at a time, or that can fit on a bike rack.
“The demand for a bicycle for the average person is very high,” McKeos said.
The problem with making a bicycle is that the size and shape of a bike frame varies dramatically.
The average bicycle frame is about 3.5 feet wide, and it’s typically made of a composite of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and titanium.
In contrast, a 2-by-4-foot bicycle frame has a width of about 3 feet.
A bicycle with a 3-foot wide frame would take up about the same space as a 1-by 5-foot one, or about half the size.
McLeod said the biggest challenge with 3-by 4-foot bikes is finding a size that is easy to fit on the existing frame.
McLean said it’s impossible to make a 3d printable frame that fits into a 2.5-foot frame.
The company, based in New Hampshire, is making prototypes with three dimensions that will allow it to adjust the shape and fit of the frame to the needs and desires of riders.
McGlennon said that for his company, the biggest challenges are designing and manufacturing a frame that is lightweight and easy to work with.
He uses materials like carbon fiber and Kevlar to make the bike, and he uses titanium to help with the frame’s shape and weight.
McEricks company has already made several prototypes of the 3d printing system, including one that can fold into a bicycle rack.
He hopes to eventually have a bike that folds into the standard bike rack, but he said it will take a few years to complete.
For the next few years, McKeoins team is building prototypes, and McGlenna says they are still figuring out how to print bikes in a way that will work well for the consumer market.
3D printing is an important technology for manufacturers, because the more people who can afford it, the more likely the industry will see the need for more bikes.
McMcKeons team is working on ways to increase the number of bikes that can be made in a given amount of time, and the team is looking at ways to make them cheaper, McGlenons said.
But McGleny said he’s also concerned about the impact of new technologies like 3D printers on the bicycle industry.
“What we’ve seen in the last couple years is the development of these new, high-volume, mass-market 3D-printing factories,” he told CBS News.
“They’re going to take over manufacturing jobs in the future, and they’re going on to take jobs away from bicycle manufacturers.”