Nick Larsen, Charge Bikes General Manager, tours the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company who uses 3D printing to produce titanium dropouts for Charge Bikes.
Charge Bikes have collaborated with EADS Innovation Works, the corporate research centre for the EADS group, to produce the world's first 3D printed frame manufacturing components using a process currently being developed for the aerospace industry.
In the video below, Larsen talks to Andy Hawkins from EADS in Bristol, about this revolutionary complex process and it's benefits over traditional fabrication methods. "We start with a three dimensional computer generated model. We then slice these into a series of very fine layers. Then we reassemble these layers by spreading metal powder, in this case titanium, across the build table. We use a laser beam to fuse the layers together on top of one another to create a three dimensional part."
Expect to see the first production Charge bikes with this technology in the near future.
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