The World's First Downloadable 3D Cycling Component?

A World First?

by Andy Gowan / Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Published in News
The world’s first downloadable 3D print cycling component? We can’t think of any others. Companies are widely using 3D printing to rapid prototype parts, and one or two are using 3D printed components within a whole product – i.e. Charge Bikes and their titanium 3D printed dropouts. But we’re pretty convinced that this is the first component available in this format.

3D printing is taking over the world. You can print in nylon, titanium and even chocolate. There is even talk of 3D printing on the moon using moon dust. Seriously.

Product designers have progressively been using 3D printing more and more as part of their development process and we’re no different. During the development of the Sherpa chainguide we prototyped several versions and found that the nylon 3D prints were durable enough to work in real life without any further development. This has enabled us to keep production costs down and offer you a perfectly functioning and durable component at an extremely low price.

Why is this different? Well – we’re not selling the component itself – just the file to have it made:

  • Step 1: You pay a nominal fee to download the 3D print file from our website (***link***).
  • Step 2: You get the chainguide 3D printed in the material of your choice* – we recommend nylon and not chocolate!
  • Step 3: Fit to your bike and go for a ride.

*Visit our partner company for a quote and tell them we sent you! (***can add these to our list of partners***)

The Sherpa Chainguide plate file is available from our shop for just £1, and you should be able to get your very own plate printed for around £4 – which makes this a very cost effective way to upgrade your chainguide.

Visit the Sherpa product page for more details on this unique product!


Sherpa - 3D Printed Chainguide Plate

Sherpa - 3D Printed Chainguide Plate