Redesigning, Printing a Lighter Bike

March 13, 2014
Lighter parts and low investment cost aid redesign of a mountain bike, using additive manufacturing.

Britain's Empire Cycles chose Renishaw and its direct metal laser sintering capabilities to produce parts in titanium alloy for a redesigned mountain bike — achieving a finished model that is strong yet 33% lighter than the original aluminum bike. Read a detailed report on the design and production process.

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)