On the heels of the 3D printed track bike created for the Tokyo Olympics, global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, and the Great Britain Cycling Team join forces again for an AM production that will improve the game of the cyclists.
This time, Renishaw will create lightweight, complex parts for an upgraded track bike design, which aims to reduce drag and improve overall speeds for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
In 2019, British Cycling, the national governing body for cycling in Great Britain, invited Renishaw to join the Olympic bike development team. Renishaw’s expertise in metal 3D printing and advanced engineering was seen as vital to enable the production of lighter, more complex components than traditional manufacturing methods, allowing the team to increase the bike’s speed.
Stephen Park, Performance Director for British Cycling, said: “We have a fantastic relationship with the team at Renishaw. They’ve been integral in helping create what we believe is the fastest track cycling bike in the world and one which we are now refining towards Paris. The partnership allows us to create world leading parts that allow us to optimise our bike for each individual rider, which is unlike anything we’ve been able to do in the past. The key benefits of working with Renishaw is the experience of the engineers, designers and all the employees, along with the incredible technology in terms of manufacturing capability.”
Looking ahead to the Paris Olympics, the goal is to increase the bike’s speed through an enhanced design that will further improve the Great Britain Cycling Team’s performance and its chances of success, following the seven medals achieved at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Creating a bike light enough for Olympic competition that also stayed within the Union Cyclist International guidelines was a challenge, but it also gave us the chance to showcase how beneficial additive manufacturing can be across all industries. It was great to see how well the bike performed at the Tokyo Olympics, where the team won three gold medals, three silver and one bronze. It was a huge triumph for both the team and us. Now that we’ve renewed the partnership, it will be really exciting to see how we can help improve the bike’s performance for the Paris Olympics,” explained Ben Collins, Senior Applications Engineer for Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Group.
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