Where form meets function

It seems barely a week goes by without news of a breakthrough in 3D printing opening up new doors for the technology. One week it’s elaborate lingerie, the next it’s cutting edge men’s accessories, and now it seems two Portland-based companies have devised a way to 3D print a full bicycle… out of titanium. The bike, produced as a collaboration between design agency Industry and Ti Cycles, has been dubbed (rather fittingly) the “Solid,” and puts to good use the latter company’s 25 years of experience working with the highly durable metal. Alongside the bike’s standout frame shape, a reliable, oil-free carbon belt drives the wheels; an internal gear hub switches seamlessly between speeds; the disc brakes provide reliable stopping power; and an in-built dynamo powers the front and rear lights at night.

What’s more, in homage to their beloved Portland home, the two companies have produced a dedicated smartphone app to accompany the bike. This app features five specially plotted cycle tours around Portland, each designed in conjunction with various famous residents, including Nike legend and all-round sneaker messiah Tinker Hatfield. How that will go down with former Nike Design Director Eric Duvauchelle and his new CYLO project remains to be seen. No word has been announced yet on when the Solid will be on sale, but keep it locked for updates.

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