Energica Motor Company S.p.A., an Italian manufacturer of electric motorcycles, unveiled the Bolid-E, at EICMA 2018 earlier this month. The motorbike prototype, part of Samsung and Energica’s Smart Ride project, integrates a number of 3D printed components realized through a collaboration with CRP Technology.
The Bolid-E motorbike is described by CRP Technology as a “speed machine” whose design is based on that of the electric old-style Eva EsseEsse9 motorbike—named the Best Electric Bike of the Year in 2018. The Bolid-E prototype, however, also integrates a number of features from the innovative Smart Ride project, which has been developed jointly in Italy by Samsung and Energica.
Looking first at CRP Technology’s contribution to the project, Energica utilized the AM company’s professional SLS 3D printing platform and its Windform composite materials to manufacture a range of parts, including front and back headlights and tail light supports.
According to CRP Technology, the headlights support is an important feature of the electric motorbike as it must guarantee resistance, safety and reliability. Using its Windform XT 2.0 carbon-composite material and SLS technology, CRP Technology was able to produce the parts to meet all of Energica’s requirements.
Other elements of the Bolid-E, such as the structural support for the seat, were made in collaboration with CRP Meccanica, a specialist in subtractive manufacturing processes.
The Smart Ride features of the Bolid-E are perhaps the most interesting, however. Working closely with Samsung, Energica has integrated futuristic elements to the motorcycle, including high-definition cameras which replace traditional rearview mirrors. The cameras have been integrated into the front and back of the Bolid-E and are connected to a live view shown by two Samsung Galaxy devices. The displays also function as an HUD device, analyzing obstacles that may appear on the road ahead.
The Smart Ride project has also resulted in the integration of bluetooth and NFC connectivity between the Bolid-E and Samsung’s Galaxy watch. This feature enables the rider to unlock the electric motorcycle with the watch.
Franco Cevolini, CTO of CRP Meccanica and CRP Technology, and President of Energica Motor Company S.p.A., stated: “Energica was born in the Italian Motor Valley from an entrepreneurial vision of my family. From over 50 years CRP has been anticipating the technological demands of the most competitive and advanced sectors and customers, from F1 to key space industry leaders: CRP Meccanica and CRP Technology are the companies that first develop solutions that revolutionize the world.”
CRP Technology has also lent its additive manufacturing expertise to Energica for the development of the Ego Corsa electric racebike.