Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

On October 6th 2021, The Bristol Post spoke of engineering company Renishaw of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire revealing how it helped make a partly 3D printed track bike for the Great Britain Cycling Team. Named the HB.T, British Cycling asked Renishaw to join development of the bike in early 2019. After 3D printing some plastic and metal parts for aerodynamic testing on the new design, Renishaw 3D printed aluminium and titanium parts for the competition bikes that were customised for individual athletes. In November 2019, the bike was trialled in the opening round of the 2019/2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup series in Minsk, Belarus.

At the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, Laura Kenny became the most successful British female Olympian of all time after winning silver in the women’s team pursuit and gold in the Madison with fellow athlete Katie Archibald. In addition, Jason Kenny became Britain’s most successful Olympian ever, winning gold in the men’s keirin and silver in the men’s team sprint. In total, the team won 3 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze. Unsurprisingly, Renishaw will now support the team as part of a longer-term partnership as an official supplier.

Other examples of 3D printing’s use in bike part manufacturing include Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, California. In late August 2019, it unveiled a 3D printed bike saddle, which did away with conventional foam padding and was instead made from a 3D printed polymer lattice structure attached to a carbon composite base.

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