Video: 3D titanium printing of bicycle components

Charge bikes produce printed titanium dropout

3D titanium printed dropouts are a world first

3D printing is often in the headlines, in fact the technology looks set to start an industrial revolution of its own. Yet the use of 3D printing is still limited within the bike industry, so when Charge bikes released a video showing the world’s first 3D printed titanium frame component we knew it’d get people talking.


After collaborating with corporate research centre of EADS innovation works (The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company)  Charge used  a process developed for the aerospace industry to produced a batch of intricate dropouts for use in the frameset of the Freezer Ti custom cross bike.


Watch below as Charge’s Nick Larsen talks to Andy Hawkins from EADS about the process of 3D printing and its benefits over traditional fabrication methods.

3D titanium printing of bicycle components