3D printed bike tires are flexible and customizable
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BigRep, a Berlin based company that manufactures 3D printers, has created 3D printed airless bike tires. Using a thermoplastic elastomer, called Pro Flex Filament, the company were able to print tires with flexible properties. Its flexible properties make it compatible with the airless tires. Marco Mattia Cristofori, Product Designer at BigRep, explains “We were able to replace ‘air’ as a necessity in the tire by customizing the pattern to be one of a three-layered honeycomb design”. Cristofori also tested the tires on the streets of Berlin to assess their functionality.
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