MASS-CUSTOMISED BIKE SADDLES
atum3D is dedicated to bringing the benefits of additive manufacturing to the world of sports. Together with BASF
Forward AM, we are proud to present the first integral solution to manufacture individualised bike saddles on a
mass-production scale. Bridging the gap between end-user quality requirements, process performance, and costefficiency,
our DLP Station enables on-site saddle printing. The result? Fast and accurate production of exceptionally
comfortable individualised, robust bike saddles that allow cyclists to maximise both experience and performance.
1. PRESSURE MAPPING
Pressure Sensitive Foil
Using a printed flexible pressure-sensitive foil, the first step is to
scan the individual cyclist’s bone structure. This process results
in a pressure map, indicating the precise mass and pressure
distribution applied to the saddle by the cyclist.
Hyperganic 3D Modelling Software
Specialised software translates the pressure map into a bespoke
lattice design of the multiple functional zones within the saddle,
finetuning each one to the cyclist’s individual physical properties.
Operator Station Professional
After importing the design in atum3D Operator Station, our
software prepares the bike saddle model for print in just a few
clicks. Multiple saddles can be combined in a single printer run.
DLP Station 5-365 EXZ
The extended Z-axis allows printing personalised saddles up to
45 cm in length with accuracy and speed. This enables new levels
of cost-efficiency for customised, industrial-scale manufacturing.
BASF Forward AM Ultracur3D® EL 150 resin
Ultracur3D® EL 150 by BASF Forward AM is ideally suited for
applications requiring elasticity and flexibility, delivering medium
hardness and an optimal combination of high strength, excellent
elongation at break and outstanding long-term rebound.
Cleaning & Post-Curing
After printing, the cleaning and post-curing processes can be
largely automated to further reduce the lead time and increase
ease-of-use. To this end, atum3D offers the Cleaning Station,
Curing Station and Finishing toolkit extensions.
BASF Forward AM Ultracur3D® Coat F Coating
In the final step, the production saddle is given a hard-wearing
yet flexible coating of BASF Forward AM Ultracur3D® Coat F,
available in an extensive spectrum of colors. With class-leading
adhesion and outstanding elasticity, this makes the perfect
finishing touch for lattice-structure applications that need to
combine excellent flexibility with durability and attractive haptics.
The comfort of a personalised, high-quality saddle
The saddle is one of the crucial contact points between cyclist
and bike. A well-fitting saddle is vitally important to every cyclist,
decisive to both performance and comfort. Finding the perfectly
fitting saddle was a challenge - until now!
PERSONALISED BIKE SADDLE BENEFITS
The saddle’s internal lattice structure is composed of thousands of
individual 3D printed struts, each designed to dissipate the high
pressure applied by the rider when cycling. Leveraging the benefits
of the lattice structure, this new saddle is a massive improvement in
cushioning and pressure distribution, delivering unprecedented comfort
for casual cyclists and a performance leap for ambitious riders.
Summarised, the benefits of the atum3D products in this integral
personalised bike saddle serial production solution include:
- Best-in-class build speeds of up to 150 mm/hour.
- Intuitive print job preparation, easy printer set-up and workflow.
- DLP Station 5-365 EXZ’s extended Z-axis allows printing multiple
personalised saddles up to 45 cm in length in a single run. This
large build envelope enables new levels of cost effectiveness for
uniquely customised, industrial-scale manufacturing.
- Print robust bike saddles with a perfectly individualised saddle
structure that optimally distributes bone and muscle pressure,
maximizing rider comfort by minimizing peak-pressure points.
- With this integral solution, you are ready for mass customization
and on-site printing.