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Bradley Wiggins' handlebars were 3D printed

posted 12 June 2015 at 14:12:38

On Sunday 7 June, the nation’s favourite cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins set a new Hour World Record at the Lee Valley Velodrome. The Olympic medallist cycled 54.526km in an hour, beating the previous record by 1.589km. The 3D printing community can bask in his glory from afar too, as the titanium handlebars on his Pinarello Bolide HR track bike were custom 3D printed at the University of Sheffield’s Mercury Centre research institute. Custom-made to perfectly fit Sir Bradley’s body size and cycling style, the handlebars were printed on an Arcam electron beam 3D printer. Using 3DP, designers were able to optimise and make subtle design corrections to the aerodynamics of the handlebars right up until the last moment, something that wouldn’t have been possible using other manufacturing techniques.  Once again, here’s proof that 3D printing gives the competitive edge.  

Image: © The Mercury Centre, University of Sheffield