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Designing and printing a bicycle stem [message #66215] Tue, 16 April 2013 18:14 UTC Go to previous message
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Hello all, I would like to hear experienced opinions about what I am about to attempt. I would like to print a custom front piece for a bicycle stem, and was wandering if it would actually be strong enough, and what material should I use.

This is the part that I would design and print http://www.paragonmachineworks.com/PDGImages/SP4002.jpg

and this is a bike stem for reference. it holds the handlebar and fork together. http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mTJaIacUu1LTfkEpKAxYq zQ.jpg

Should I design and print the whole thing or can I get away with designing the front plate where I am trying to add some custom art.

Would the stress from the screws that hold it together or the forces from the handlebar crack the printed part?

I have never printed anything in 3D even though I have read a good amount about it, so almost any opinion should be useful.


some inspiration: https://vimeo.com/34293503

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