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Introduction: Superstrata is a Californian bicycle manufacturer. In July, the company had just launched a funding campaign, receiving more than USD 1 million within a day. The company raised funds more than 5.8 million from 4,500 backers. This enabled Superstrata celebrate a key milestone this month with its first 3D printed bicycle.
What makes Superstrata’s 3D printed bike special is that it is made with a unibody frame that is 3D printed in a single process, using AREVO’S DED technology. Materials used in this process results in less production errors and weight reductions. The carbon fiber is not only light weight, but also durable. In fact the frame is said to be 61 times stronger than steel and 15 times stronger than titanium, despite its 1.7 kg weight. It offers an electric version in which the frame weighs only 1.7 kg. Both the versions are configurable.
Manufacturers estimated that around 500,000 configurations are possible. You can order those bicycles from the Superstrata online shop. Metal or carbon fibre is used as a rim material in the manufacturing process. Depending on the type of configuration, the price increases. This starts at 2,799 USD for normal version and 3,999 for electric version. Additionally the shipping costs may vary from country to country. The delivery process is handled by FedEx.
Superstrata started production at the end of November. Their 3D printers are in use 24/7 to meet the high demand. They are increasing the number of printers so that they can increase the production volume. Superstrata states that it is in full production mode and this is the beginning of the future.