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3D Printing | EP 51

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Hey, Everybody! Welcome back to another episode of the Bolton Ebikes Podcast. I have been doing some experiments with the people that are in Bolton Labs. They will get more detail on what exactly I have been working on and parts that we've been making here in the US. I'm going to share a few tidbits about what's going on in the bicycle industry in regards to 3D printing. That's something that has gone from a hobbyist type toy to costly production stuff to now, maybe we're going to start seeing parts like this on affordable bikes. This is what I would consider more reasonably priced bikes in the very future. So if you want to hear about 3D printing stay tuned! 

In today’s episode you’ll learn more about: 

  • What happens in Bolton Labs and how can you be a part of the action.
  • What are some of the things we can make with a high-quality 3D printer for ebikes?
  • What about injection molding? Is that something we will use in 2021?
  • What are the advantages of printing parts in this way? 
  • Is it possible to print steel parts with other materials?
  • What do you want to see in ebikes that are 3D printed? 
  • Is a 100% 3D printed bicycle even possible?

I'm Kyle Chittock, the owner of Bolton Ebikes and if you're new, make sure to go check out ebikepodcast dot com. That is the signup form for our newsletter. And we can email you when new episodes come out. And every once in a while, we put in some tidbits about bike giveaways that we're doing. We also let you know about new products and when a new episode has been released. Which is every Tuesday. Oh! If you know of a good guest or person that you would like to hear on the podcast just shoot us an email over at info at Bolton Ebikes dot com.


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  • Hi Kyle
    The 3Dprinter looks interesting. I’ve got a question regarding 2000wat ekit bought of aliexpres it came with 1500wat controller that’s the controller they use ke it cool. I’ve had 1500wat wat kit the controller are the same. Bought another 1500wat kit from aliexpres because poeple who have 1500wat ues 52volt 17.5 battery they recon well I’ve seen on utube and according to Google 1500wat with 52volt battery is faster than 2000wat kit. So my question is can upgrade controller on the 2000wat kit trouble is if its possible to do that it’s the connection on controller are sli different. So is there a controller I can use to upgrade power with more or less same connection. I no some people run ten on 72volt with controller to match. Speed tends to drop of on slight slopes. Ino to over come that is using 3000wat kit. But I’m trying to upgrade the 2000wat for that little more power and range well range is the way you use throttle and more pas. I eoud like your comments on that subject. Apologies for long message Colin. Ps I watch all your videos on utube and learns quite a lot

    Colin White on
  • Kyle, how about 3-D printed battery Box for your large battery that you sell and get rid of that ugly bag.

    John W on
  • I keep hearing that weight doesn’t matter with ebikes. Maybe it doesn’t matter as much, but it still matters. If the weight is part of “rotating mass” then it may matter more on ebikes. Greater speed requires good handling, and lower rotating mass is huge.

    Rims, spokes, hubs, derailleur, cranks, pedals could yield some nice improvements that are more accessible with new manufacturing or development processes.

    I LOVE your focus here.

    Blake Berlin on
  • I so look forward to the Tuesday pod casts!
    I feel, as you obviously do, that 3-D printing will be taking over many tasks we now manufacture “the old way.” This year will be so exciting to experience!
    Keep up the great work Kyle

    Rick Gist on
  • I would have never thought that you could 3 D print a bike.

    Bill Hawkins on

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