K- Tech is currently looking at startling technology that uses special granules to increase the effective volume of a reservoir, allowing the static force of the shock to be maintained, with a softer damping effect. The company is also working alongside Bentley and the University of Sheffield on the Twister Project led by Performance Springs and looking to develop new manufacturing processes for titanium springs, which while light have previously been inconsistent.
K-Tech is also a key player in a government-funded Manufacturing Technology Centre project using 3D metal printing to create highly optimised and accurate parts. A printed aluminium swingarm has already been used inWorld Superbike, with titanium powder now being laid in 0.1mm layers, then welded together by laser to build the part.
This gives the opportunity to create much more complex internal channels (as in the metal-printed shock body shown here) than are currently possible with casting or machining, and while it’s now a relatively expense process, it’s likely to be the future of not just bespoke, but mass-produced components. It’s also a much more efficient use of material than machining from billet, and computer-aided design can create incredibly strong structures
with no excess surface area.
We’re not sure what this man’s doing either.