Since Carbon’s M1 and CLIP technology entered the scene, 3D printing is not just about prototyping anymore. Now, through new breakthroughs in materials and process, major brands such as BMW, Delphi and now Alta Motors can create real, functional motorcycle parts and iterate on their designs at speeds like never before.
The Carbon M1 3D printer makes it possible for the first time to 3D print isotropic parts with mechanical properties and surface finish like injection-molded plastics. No other additive technology delivers the synthesis of fit, form, and function needed to bridge the gap between prototyping and manufacturing.
In general parts produced with the M1 have the mechanical properties, resolution, and surface finish needed for production. Carbon’s materials reflect the range of properties associated with commonly injection-molded thermoplastics, and the process produces isotropic parts that don’t suffer from delamination issues or surface porosity.
In a sport that has been exclusively dominated by gas powered engines, Alta Motors proved that its Redshift electric motorcycles could rival the bikes produced by OEM industry leaders. To establish their competitive advantage, the company utilized Carbon’s CLIP technology for both functional prototyping and production. Using Carbon’s RPU material, Alta’s prints road-ready parts to streamline production and unlock new geometries that will power the world’s fastest motorcycle.
The first sketches of the Redshift began in San Francisco in 2007. Two riding buddies, Derek Dorresteyn and Jeff Sand, with a few decades of fabrication, engineering and design expertise between the both of them, fell in love with the idea of the smooth, perfectly responsive torque curve. Naturally, they started kicking around the possibilities for building their own electric motorcycle— a motorcycle that could be faster and more rideable than their gas bikes.