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Italians print a racy 3D bike

by on10 October 2022

So racy, Berlusconi wants it to be Minister of Health

Italian bicycle manufacturer Pinarello has printed off a new 3D-printed bike for his attempt at the UCI Hour Record.

Dubbed "Bolide F HR 3D" the bike is being billed as the fastest one in its field. Italian track and road cyclist Filippo Ganna used the bike to break the UCI Hour Record.

Pinarello says this enabled it "to introduce new shapes and features that are impossible to replicate" using existing carbon fiber construction techniques.

Pinarello built a custom frame with a millimeter-accurate size using Scalmalloy, an aerospace alloy developed for use with 3D printers.

Italian company manufactures "world's fastest" 3D-printed bicyclePinarello worked with Filippo Ganna on developing the bicycle.

Pinarello and Ganna collaborated extensively to design the bike, which was built to fit his physique and speed him around the course. It also took inspiration from the tubercles on the front of humpback whales' flippers, which enable them to make precise motions in the water. It strategically applied ridges to the frame to lessen drag.

Bicycle makers have previously dabbled in 3D printing, some to build avant-garde designs to show what is possible and others constructed for improved strength. By conducting "extreme research" and designing the Bolide F HR 3D from the ground up for speed, Pinarello hopes to take this kind of bicycle production in a new direction.


Last modified on 10 October 2022
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