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HRE presented the world’s first 3D-printed titanium wheel in collaboration with GE Additive, and it is a sight to behold.

The new prototype wheel, known as the ‘HRE3D+’, reveals how new technologies will affect future wheel designs by marrying a complex design with an advanced material like titanium.
3D-printing will become a major factor in wheel manufacturing, mostly thanks to its superb efficiency; with traditional aluminum Monoblok wheels, 80 percent of the material is removed from a 100lbs forged block of aluminum to create the final product. 3D-printing is the exact opposite, with only 5 percent of the material removed and recycled.
In addition, titanium is almost the perfect material for wheels, as it offers a much higher specific strength than aluminum and is corrosion resistant, creating extremely lightweight wheels and enabling it to be shown in its raw finish.
A 3D-printed wheel also allows designers to create without the limitations that come with the traditional wheels and the tooling that makes them.
The new HRE3D+ concept wheel was produced in five separate sections, which were then combined with a custom center section to a carbon-fiber rim with titanium fasteners. As for the design, it’s simply wild. It looks like nothing else you’ve seen so far, with the spokes so extensively interlaced that give the wheel more depth in every angle.
“This is an incredibly exciting and important project for us as we get a glimpse into what the future of wheel design holds,” said HRE President Alan Peltier. “Working with GE Additive’s AddWorks team gave us access to the latest additive technology and an amazing team of engineers, allowing us to push the boundaries of wheel design beyond anything possible with current methods. To HRE, this partnership with GE Additive moves us into the future.”


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HRE’s Second-Gen 3D-Printed Titanium Wheels Brings Them One Step Closer To Production








3D-printing is expected to storm the automotive industry in the coming years and HRE is one of the first working on bringing to the market a titanium wheel created by a printer.

Back in November, the company revealed the original HRE3D+ wheel concept, showcasing the unlimited possibilities of the technology with a pretty insane design.
HRE Wheels has partnered with GE Additive to make this happen, and already they were able to improve the original design; the second-gen HRE3D+ wheels are significantly lighter, tipping the scales at 16 pounds (7.25kg) and 19 pounds (8.6kg) at 20- and 21-inch sizes. The original 3D-printed titanium wheels weighed 20 (9kg) and 23 pounds (10.4kg) respectively.
Also Read: World’s First 3D-Printed Titanium Wheels Are Just Insane To Look At
The first HRE3D+ concept wheels were made out of 6 parts, including a center cap and lug seat section that held the spokes against the vehicle. The updated concept wheels are comprised by 5 printed sections as they feature a redesigned center area and significant refinements in the printing technique.
The manufacturing process of traditional aluminum Monoblok wheels includes removing 80 percent of the material from a 100lbs forged block of aluminum in order to create the final product. With 3D-printing, that drops to just 5 percent, making it the most efficient way to create a wheel available. Not to mention its unique ability to create complex designs like the mesmerizing interlaced spokes of the HRE3D+.
“Working with GE Additive has given us access to some truly cutting-edge technology, and we’re exploring the future of wheel technology together with tools that will continue to evolve over the next few years. We can’t wait to see what we’re able to accomplish next,” said HRE President Alan Peltier.

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