Charge Bikes link with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company to produce ‘printed’ titanium dropouts is detailed in a new video by the brand.
Said to retain the same properties of a traditionally cast piece of titanium, the printed dropouts are now in production for use with Charge’s titanium cyclocross rig – the Freezer.
Andy Hawkins from EADS in Bristol explains: "We start with a three dimensional computer generated model. We then slice these into a series of fine layers. we then reassemble these layers in powder form, in this case titanium. We use a laser bean to fuse the layers together to create a three dimensional part."
The process allows for a much finer level of detailing than has been previously possible.