Additive manufacturing has been used intensively for motorcycles prototyping and motorcycle racing. Luigi Dall’Igna, who has lead Ducati’s racing department for the past four years, has tributed the team’s improving results to the increasing use of polymer 3D printing technologies such as Stratasys filament extrusion and polyjet. CRP, a leading Italian SLS and SLA 3D printing service provider – as well as a leading manufacturer of SLS nylon composite powders – has prototyped and put into serial production the Energica motorcycle – the first range of electric superbikes – thanks to its deep experience with AM.

Over the years, motorcycles have often been used to show emerging new possibilities of additive manufacturing technologies. One very high profile case saw large-format 3D printer manufacturer BigRep produce an entire electric motorcycle – the Nera – almost entirely 3D printed. The use of electric powertrains is a key element driving increasing adoption of AM. The relatively lower temperatures generated by the electric motors, coupled with a higher impact from weight reduction, are making metal replacement, 3D printable polymers a more viable option for an increasing number of parts. In metal 3D printing, increasing awareness of topologiìy optimization options is going to make AM a more viable manufacturing process for some high-end models.

Last but not least, motorcycles have traditionally been characterized by high levels of customization. Breathtaking projects such as the recent Honda Monkey or Fuller Moto’s 2029 give us a glimpse into what can be achieved in terms of custom shapes with the growing adoption of metal AM technologies. In this AM Focus we are going to highlight the latest news on 3D printing of motorcycles and motorcycle parts, highlighting the most relevant underlying trends that are characterizing this exciting AM vertical.

Startup Carboni e Metalli wins award for custom motorcycle with carbon fiber and titanium 3D printed parts

Carboni e Metalli, an innovative startup based in the heart of the Italian Motorvalley, worked with metal AM service provider…

9 months ago

WASP 3D prints Carbon Fiber parts on demand for Italian Speed Championship

WASP, the first and leading Italian manufacturer of advanced Delta 3D printers, has been pushing the additive manufacturing industry in…

9 months ago

Curtiss leverages hybrid manufacturing for Zeus 8 electric motorcycle

It’s clear when looking at the Zeus 8 motorcycle that it is not your run-of-the-mill chopper. With a dramatic elongated…

10 months ago

How VIBA and SLM Solutions reimagined the Honda Monkey motorcycle with 3D printing

Earlier this year, France-based custom motorbike manufacturer VIBA unveiled a contemporary reimagining of the classic 1970s Honda Monkey motorcycle. The…

10 months ago

Automotive manufacturer Musashi partners with KeraCel to accelerate 3D printed solid-state batteries

Musashi Seimitsu Industry, a Japanese automotive manufacturing company, has announced a partnership with battery developer KeraCel to develop and bring-to-market…

11 months ago

Cobra Aero optimizes UAV engine cylinder with metal additive manufacturing

After successfully optimizing its design processes for aircraft and motorcycle engines in collaboration with UK-based metal AM company Renishaw, engine…

11 months ago

MotoE World Cup: 3D printed Ego Corsa motorbikes race ahead in first round

After facing a major setback in March, Italian 3D printing company CRP Group and Energica’s 3D printed electric motorcycles made…

11 months ago

3D printing helps bring Poland’s first electric motorbike, Falectra, to life

With the climate crisis becoming increasingly more serious, many people are seeking more eco-friendly alternatives to everyday things, like fashion,…

12 months ago

Etteplan patents 3D printed motorcycle seat

To make something complicated even more complex, patents in 3D printing do not concern only 3D printing technologies but anything…

1 year ago

BigRep introduces large-format STUDIO G2 3D printer

Large-format 3D printer manufacturer BigRep has revealed its newest AM system, the STUDIO G2. The hardware is the latest generation…

1 year ago