This Is The World's First 3D Printed Titanium Wheel!
By Nitish Deshpande
HRE wheels and GE Additive have together given birth to the world's first 3D printed titanium wheel. GE Additive who specialize in additive manufacturing took over the task of bringing this wheel to life using a particular technique called as Electron Beam Melting.
In this process, a beam welds the titanium powder layer by layer in the specified design layout. This welding process is repeated until the final product is achieved. The main advantage of using this technology is the possibility of manufacturing complicated shapes with ease. Due to this reason, the designers of HRE must have gone berserk and created this weird looking technological masterpiece. Moreover, with the help of this technology, the parts can be created in a shorter period of time as compared to forged wheels.
Due to the expensive manufacturing procedure of additive manufacturing and the titanium/carbon fibre nature of the wheel, this could most likely be one of the most expensive wheel ever to be manufactured. The rim-barrel is made out of carbon fibre whereas the complicated titanium spokes were made out of this 3D technology. The spokes were divided into six pieces which were manufactured individually and later on assembled into the rim by hand. The newly printed wheels have been bolted on to the McLaren P1 for their unveiling.
Check out the video above to see how this wheel came to life