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Purple Ford GT Wears World's First 3D-Printed Titanium Wheels

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These second-generation HRE 3D wheels are even more advanced than before.

HRE Wheels offer a vast range of quality Monoblok and 3-piece wheels for all types of vehicles but its recently released 3D-Printed Titanium offering is not only a world-first but quite possibly the most complex and elaborate design ever.

Called the HRE3D+, we first saw them in November last year fitted to a McLaren P1, the multi-layered effect sure was impressive and demonstrated what could be done with the 3D-printing process. Now HRE has released the second-generation version of this wheel and it doesn't disappoint.

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Teaming up once again with GE Additive, HRE Wheels now has access to two unique 3D-printing methods which not only reduce overall waste in the construction process to just five percent (traditional methods waste 80 percent) but they also result in a significantly lighter wheel.

According to HRE, the new 3D-printing method, 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.

The new design weighs a mere 16 pounds in 20-inch and 19 pounds in 21-inch sizes. Compared to the first-generation HRE3D+ wheels that's a saving of 4 pounds per wheel. "We're proud to be breaking new ground in wheel manufacturing with the updated HRE3D+ wheels," said HRE President/CEO Alan Peltier. "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."

HRE chose a purple Ford GT to showcase the new wheels, which in our opinion was a bad move because the GT looks so awesome in that color that you almost forget to take in those cutting-edge Titanium wheels its wearing. Each wheel is built to order and can be customized with a huge range of color and finish options.