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The Inertia

3D printers are so f*cking hot right now. People are making everything from houses and stem cells to guns and violins. A Japanese company is making paperweights from an MRI of a fetus, for God’s sake. It’s like the industrial revolution all over again, only we’re just building things that already exist.

Red Bull‘s Fettler series – where fettler means a person who’s devoted to making something perfect with their hands – covers some pretty interesting people. In the second installment, they sat down with a man named Adrian Smith, who has jumped on the 3D printing train and started building carbon fiber based mountain bikes.

Sort of.

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To be exact, he’s using the printer to create moulds that have been designed using CAD software.

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The interesting thing about Smith isn’t so much that he’s building bikes, though – it’s that he built his own 3D printer from scratch… without the use of a 3D printer.

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And now, out of a garage at his house in Leeds, he’s designing, printing, and building these incredible (yet affordable) downhill bikes under the name Carbon Wasp.

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