ThinKing July – Decisive weight advantage in Rio – German 3D printing company builds lighter bicycle handlebar stems for the German track cycling team



Every gram makes a difference on the tough road to the podium in Olympic cycling. The German high-tech bicycles produced for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro use parts produced by the Reutlingen based company 3D-Laserdruck to provide a crucial weight reduction.

The construction of the handlebar stems is optimized to minimize weight and has only half the mass of the original parts. In exact terms, the weight was reduced by about 160 grams.