Nick Larsen tours the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company who are producing detailed titanium dropouts for bike firm

Video: Charge’s ‘printed dropouts’ in production

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.

Charge TV: Week 11: 3D Titanium Printing from Charge Bikes on Vimeo.

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