IperionX and Canyon Bicycles GmbH have partnered to develop 3D printed bike components make with IperionX’s recycled titanium powder.

The two companies have begun to prototype Canyon bicycle parts, including frames. If successful, Canyon and IperionX will negotiate an agreement for larger scale production.

According to the companies, titanium as a frame material is suitable for use in bicycles due to being strong, lightweight and corrosion resistant, removing the requirement for paint as a corrosion inhibitor. However, it costs more than carbon fiber frames and the current titanium supply chain based on the energy-intensive Kroll process, is energy-intensive.

“This is a real breakthrough technology for us and we look forward to deploying this innovative technology in the production of more sustainable titanium for use in Canyon bicycles,” said Alison Jones, COO at Canyon.