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    This is an awesome clip of the future of wheel making.

    There's even the possibility we could make a batch of the all illusive 19x10 OEM style rims from this process.

    Andrew Macpherson

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    Wow! This is a great process with many implications for the future. Didn't know the process had developed that far yet. Thanks for sending it Andrew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jawz View Post
    Wow! This is a great process with many implications for the future. Didn't know the process had developed that far yet. Thanks for sending it Andrew.
    Wonder how long it will take to come to market and be price competitive, e.g., aluminum wheel 3d priting.

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    Given the design constraints that are opened up with additive, maybe high end vehicles are the first place these might show up. But inherently, additive can be less expensive to make than forged, at least in the longer term. So I'm guessing they will show up in aftermarket before too too long. Very cool indeed.

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    But will a 3D-printed wheel be as strong as forged aluminum? I keep thinking of the additive process as being somewhat akin to sandstone deposits, whereas forging seems more like seismic rock....

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    You'd be surprised but we use 3-D printing to make dies for extrusion and they have to be extremely strong, beyond any requirements of a wheel, at least if the wheel was a standard design. Dies that are printed are just as strong as if they were made by 3D machining. Not necessarily cheaper, but useful for prototyping.

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    Wow. "Beneath the spreading chestnut tree the village smith stands; the smith, a mighty man is he, with bitchin' 3D printers and scanners...."

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