Printing our way to Olympic glory
TiDA’s spin-off company Rapid Advanced Manufacturing (RAM) printed the necessary titanium parts to help some of
RAM provided custom sailing harness parts to four-time world sailing champions and 2015 International Sailing Federation World Sailors of the Year Peter Burling and Blair Tuke for their Men’s 49er gold-medal winning campaign at the Rio Olympics.
When the competition is this hot, shaving off grams on an athlete’s gear can be the winning difference. The previous trapeze harness spreader bar used by the Olympic pair weighed 230 grams. RAM managed to reduce this to just 108 grams using a 3D-printed hollow titanium structure. The rules state that the harness must float, so a reduction in mass of the metal parts provided further benefit through requiring less bulky buoyancy material to comply.
RAM also produced handlebar extensions to support the