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HRE creates first 3d printed titanium wheel


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HRE and GE Addworks have collaborated to create the first 3D printed titanium wheel for high performance vehicles.

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HRE creates first 3d printed titanium wheel

  2. 2. 3D Printing is a technology that is literally changing the way people create and manufacture real world objects. And now, specialist high-end wheel manufacturer HRE have unveiled the world’s first 3D printed titanium wheel.
  3. 3. IT’S 3D PRINTING’S TURN To achieve this astounding engineering and technical feat, the team at HRE worked closely together with Addworks, a division of General Electric that specialises in pushing the limits of additive manufacturing. Together they designed, prototyped and tested the wheel using a new method called Electron Beam Melting.
  4. 4. A QUICK PRIMER ON 3D PRINTING Chances are you have a regular printer in your workplace or home. This device, basically, drops tiny amounts of ink onto a flat surface (usually a piece of paper) to make words or images appear. 3D printing extends this system into three dimensional objects.
  5. 5. HRE’S ADVANTAGES Using titanium, HRE are able to make a wheel that not only uses less material to generate but is also lighter than others in the market. Additionally, 3D printing allows their designers more creative freedom to make wheels that would not be easy or possible at all with traditional manufacturing methods.
  6. 6. The wheel used in the proof of concept was made by combining five separate pieces that were individually designed and printed on two Arcam EBM Q20 and Q10 machines, then joined with titanium fasteners. The team are expecting that as the technology improves the costs will lower while giving equal or better performance.
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