Trumpf presents additively manufactured titanium brake levers at Eurobike

June 19, 2023

June 19, 2023

Additively manufactured titanium brake lever showcased at Eurobike (Courtesy Trumpf)
Additively manufactured titanium brake lever showcased at Eurobike (Courtesy Trumpf)

Trumpf, Ditzingen, Germany, has collaborated with bicycle brake manufacturer Trickstuff to develop additively manufactured titanium brake levers for bicycles, showcasing the results at this year’s Eurobike trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, June 21-15.

Until now, the bicycle industry has generally used carbon for high-quality brake levers, which cannot be recycled. Titanium, however, has a cleaner environmental footprint than carbon and is more robust. Additionally, regardless of whether they are using titanium or other materials, manufacturers can use Additive Manufacturing to customise brake levers and the lever forces of the brakes to suit the cyclist.

The TruPrint 1000 AM machine from TRUMPF is suitable for manufacturing bicycle components such as brake levers (Courtesy Trumpf)
The TruPrint 1000 AM machine from TRUMPF is suitable for manufacturing bicycle components such as brake levers (Courtesy Trumpf)

Christian Lengwenat, application engineer at TRUMPF shared further advantages, stated, “Since 3D printers from TRUMPF are also designed for series production, the bicycle industry can also use them to manufacture large quantities. As a result, components that are subject to heavy stress can be produced cost-effectively.”

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Another benefit of Additive Manufacturing is that, traditionally, manufacturers have mostly milled the prototype parts which is time-consuming and expensive. “With 3D printers,” Lengwenat explained, “manufacturers can produce different prototypes simultaneously in one printing process. This speeds up the prototyping process, which is important for the bicycle industry, many times over.”

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Additively manufactured titanium brake lever showcased at Eurobike (Courtesy Trumpf)
June 19, 2023

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