Our team of 3D scanning & printing engineers are currently working on an exciting project with sister company Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub, regarding their brand-new Pedalling Efficiency Rig (PER). The PER acts as a bicycle dynamometer, measuring rider input power and comparing this with output power at the roller surface in a controlled environment, in order to determine the mechanical losses of a given bicycle and thus its efficiency.

A key feature of the PER is its interchangeable surfaces, and that’s where we come in! Our twelve large 3D printers are hard at work printing three different surface variations in 20% Carbon Fibre filled Nylon that can be mounted to the PER for testing. The surfaces in question are tarmac asphalt, cobbles and setts, all of which feature in the 2024 Paris Olympic Road Cycling course.

Whilst our team did not complete the 3D scanning in Paris, they did process them ahead of printing which involved cropping the scans to a usable area, aligning them to a flat plane, bending the scans to the radius of the roller and mirroring the tarmac scans so each of the tarmac surfaces are continuous at the edges of every printed piece.

“We are thrilled to have been a part of this exciting project that will allow athletes to unlock even more performance potential.”

Different surfaces can play a huge part in understanding the efficiency of both bike and rider, so being able to easily change between them allows for robust testing. Not only is this perfect for this year’s Olympians looking to maximise their potential on the Paris course, but the PER also allows riders targeting certain events to increase the reality of their testing.

Whether it’s a cobbled-classics specialist gunning for The Tour of Flanders or a Sprinter eyeing up the setts of the Champs-Elysees for the final stage of The Tour de France, the PER is the perfect tool.

To find out more about our 3D Scanning and 3D Printing services, get in touch today.

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