3D Printed Bike Saddles to Adjust the Rider’s Needs

RAPID

Share this Article

Bike saddles are one of the three parts of the bike that meets your body, and these are often blamed for being uncomfortable when riding. Yet, bike saddles are very important since they take most of your weight as well as determine your comfort. Bike saddles also position you over the pedals, which helps you control the bike.

Adaptive Image via Cycling Tips

Bike saddles are responsible for a sensitive and intimate part of the body, this is what riders often complain about. But these saddles are not to blame. Riders are responsible for choosing an adjustable saddle to suit their anatomy. To get the right saddle for your bike, there are many factors and preferences to consider, such as gender, body structure, riding style, and weight.

In August, Specialized announced the S-Works Mirror saddle after experimenting with a new way to produce bike saddles. Expected to launch in 2020, these saddles abandon conventional foam padding and are 3D printed with a polymer lattice structure that is attached to a conventional carbon composite base. Specialized explains that “the printed structure incorporatImage via Cycling Tipses 14,000 struts and 7,799 nodes.” Also, the entire pattern can be “customized in both structure and density to provide truly body-specific comfort and support.”

 

Specialized has partnered up with Carbon, using its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS), to make this saddle happen. Carbon uses a UV light to project a series of cross-section images of the product into a bath of their own resin. The UV light partially cures the resin into the desired shape that later slowly emerges. With the help of oxygen pumped into the bath of resin, a small barrier is formed between the liquid and the part that is being printed. The oxygen allows the part to be completed precisely, and the saddle is then thermally cured.

 

 

Carbon didn’t only partner with Specialized, but also with Fizik on creating the Adaptive, a new saddle technology that was announced at Eurobike 2019, in September. Fizik was founded in 1996, and since then it has been creating saddles, shoes, bar tapes, and component designs for cycling. Now, with Adaptive, Fizik can add their very first 3D printed equipment to their cycling products portfolio.

Image Source: Fizik

Fizik’s team of sports engineers, scientist, and designers tweaked the properties of the saddle using Carbon’s technology to address the most important factors: stability, comfort, shock absorption, and power transfer. These factors are usually limitations that arise from manufacturing methods.

Image via FizikFizik has been gathering pressure mapping data from professional cyclists for nine years, which now helps implement the data into creating the Adaptive’s lattice structure. Carbon states that any design can be adjusted and customized and, perhaps, Fizik can consider collecting customers’ pressure mapping data eventually, in order to 3D print them their own customized bike saddle.

Bike saddles aren’t the only ones being 3D printed. Take, for example, pulley wheels: German company SLM Solutions 3D printed this specific bicycle part, designed by CeramicSpeed, to improve performance in cycling. Or take Prova Cycles, a company that builds and welds custom frames by hand to perfectly fit the rider. And let’s not forget about Urwahn, which in July announced the release of the Stadtfuchs Bicycle with a 3D printed stainless steel frame.

Join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.

[Sources: Cycling Tips, BikeRadar]

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Financials: Voxeljet’s Q1 2024 Success During Market Shift from Nasdaq to OTC

New AM Research Market Brief: China to See $8B in 3D Printing Hardware Sales by 2032



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Sponsored

Creality Begins Selling HALOT-MAGE S: Setting New Standards in Precision 3D Printing

Creality, a leading innovator in consumer-grade 3D printing technology, proudly introduces the HALOT-MAGE S, the latest breakthrough in high-resolution 3D printing. With its cutting-edge features and user-centric design, the HALOT-MAGE...

Farsoon Showcases Comprehensive 3D Printing Solutions, Automation, and More at TCT Asia

This year’s TCT Asia event showcased just how much the Asian additive manufacturing (AM) market has grown, with Eplus3D’s 64-laser metal 3D printer alone acting as a synecdoche for China’s...

Sponsored

Creality Launches Ender-3 V3 Plus: Bigger CoreXZ for Unprecedented Performance

Embracing a journey of innovation and excellence, Creality’s Ender-3 series has established a distinguished path in the field of 3D printing. From the entry-level Ender-3 V3 SE to the feature-rich...

Featured

Laser Wars: Eplus3D Unveils Metal 3D Printer with up to 64 Lasers

Now that the laser wars in the powder bed fusion (PBF) space have, for the most part, moved to China, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) there are in fierce competition. Eplus3D...