A quick search on Instagram will reveal a trend among photographers to set their bike, the main means of conveyance, in a setting for a picture to post. The juxtaposition illustrates the presence of the artist or bike rider in the setting without the presence of the person. A 3D printed bicycle design, Luna, from Omer Sagiv would certainly be a striking image posed in this trend. The product consists of sturdy nylon material and the hexagon filled frame calls to mind a honeycomb (the yellow wheels help).
There are many components simply printed for the Luna and it can be adjusted and customized as needed. 3D printed features include a nylon frame, fork, and a bar or stem. With a hexagon structure, Omer aimed to create a durable frame with minimal surface area in order to maintain lightness. Part of the inspiration behind the design was to showcase SLS technology as a viable option for load-bearing structures that simultaneously promote lightness. The result is a sweet ride.
While there are still components that need to be purchased, the core structure is purely a product of 3D printing. Off the shelf items are front fork bearing and suspension, bearing crankshaft and wheels. With the majority of the structure available from 3D printing, the cost for the bicycle drops dramatically and can be adjusted to fit the needs and specifications of the cyclist. No word yet if it qualifies for the Tour de France, but it looks ready for a spin.