HRE Unveils Second Generation of Groundbreaking HRE3D+ Wheels
HRE Performance Wheels expands partnership with GE Additive to create an improved second generation of the world’s first 3D-printed titanium wheel, the HRE3D+
HRE Wheels has announced the release of a newly revised version of its revolutionary HRE3D+ titanium wheel made using additive manufacturing. To improve the HRE3D+ concept, HRE has again teamed up with GE Additive to utilize the brand’s 3D-printed multiple additive manufacturing systems, including Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM).
Through its brand partnership with GE Additive, HRE gained access to two unique 3D printing manufacturing systems for the second generation of the HRE3D+. The first of these, Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM), utilizes laser technology to melt ultra-fine layers of titanium powder on top of each other to gradually build complex forms with extremely fine detail.
The second process, known as Electron Beam Melting (EBM), is a refinement of the process used to create the first HRE HRE3D+ and uses a beam of electrons to heat and fuse raw metal materials in a vacuum.
In addition to a new and futuristic design impossible to create with traditional manufacturing systems, the revised second-generation HRE3D+ revolutionizes the wheel manufacturing process by reducing overall materials waste in the process from 80 percent to five percent of raw titanium material by weight.