iCandy: You 3-D Printed What?

Cars, clothes, guns—and even body parts—at the press of a button

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iCandy: You 3-D Printed What?
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Imagine a bicycle designed, from the tires up, with you in mind. The Airbike, whose dimensions can be adjusted with a few keyboard clicks, may be the forerunner of a bespoke riding experience. The bike, made from nylon by engineers at the European Aeronautic Defense and Space group, is as strong as steel but weighs only 35 percent of what a metal bike would. The additive layer manufacturing process takes care of everything, including the wheels, bearings, axle, and drive chain, in one go.

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