The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships saw an increase in additively manufactured bikes, including the Argentinian team’s T-RED X23 by TOOT Engineering, Montichiari, Italy. The bike was customised for the rider, and the frame was manufactured using Scalmalloy (an aluminium-scandium-magnesium alloy) in several sections, which were then welded or bonded together. Other parts, such as the handlebars, were additively manufactured in titanium or steel.
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The X23 was first presented as the X23 SWANIGAMI prototype at the SPS fair in Parma, Italy. Following partnerships with 3DPROTOLAB, Pavia University’s AM lab, and the University’s CompMech Group, a 1:1 scale prototype was created for UCI approval. The prototype was made using Scalmalloy and produced with APWORKS for the 2023 World Championships in Glasgow, UK.
All X23 frames and forks are approved by the UCI and registered for use in the Paris Olympics in 2024. Additionally, Project X2 aims to bring Additive Manufacturing and transformative innovation to the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, California, USA.