The world's first 3D printed metal mountain bike will be exhibited in the Poly (Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society) in Falmouth on Monday 15 June. This is part of a continuing month-long demonstration of 3D Printing technology. The titanium alloy frame for this bike comes from a collaboration between Empire, the award-winning specialist in mountain bikes and Renishaw, the West Country engineering company, which is a world leader in advanced 3D printing technologies. Visitors will learn how the flexibility of this new manufacturing technique produced a frame which is 30% lighter than it would have been if conventionally made.

The exhibition runs from 10am-5pm. There will be a talk for the general public at 4pm, and one for the technical specialists at 5pm.

Today, (Wednesday) visitors can see powerful scanners being used to produce 3D computer images of a variety of objects, including faces, flowers, marine components and museum artefacts, some of which will be printed out.

On Thursday and Friday, the Makernow Fab Lab team from Falmouth University will run drop-in workshops, demonstrating 3D printing and will be available to discuss the technology and how it might be useful to you. For more details visit or contact Louis Turner on 0790 5204 677