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HRE Wheels, a luxury and sports vehicle wheel manufacturer from California, has partnered with GE Additive to produce a new titanium 3D printed product.
The new, lightweight wheel core, named Byanzantine after the powerful Eastern Roman Empire, draws on inspiration from other production model HRE components, and was made using two metal 3D printing systems in the GE Additive family.
Alan - Peltier - HRE - President - Exciting
Alan Peltier, HRE President said, “This is an incredibly exciting and important project for us as we get a glimpse into what the future of what wheel design holds.”
HRE’s wheels are usually produced using CNC machining. A one-piece wheel is carved out of a 100-pound block of aluminum, removing 80% of the material. In contrast to this, additive manufacturing has proved significantly more effective, as only 5% material used to make Byzantine is removed for recycling.
Wheel - HRE3D+ - Project - Collaboration - HRE
The wheel was manufactured under the HRE3D+ project, a collaboration between HRE and GE Additive’s consultation service AddWorks. It was produced in titanium using the Arcam Q10 and Q20 electron beam melting (EBM) systems.
Revolutionizing the wheel design with 3D printing
Byzantine - Parts - Spokes - Carbon - Fiber
In total, Byzantine is composed of seven separate parts including five spokes, a carbon fiber rim, and a centerpiece. The pieces of the wheel are assembled into a single functional part with titanium fasteners. Two different sizes of...
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