Polish firm Zortrax shows off case study in building an exquisite-looking 3D printed supersport bike.
Not too long ago, we brought you a report of an American firm that successfully used 3D printing to customise a Kawasaki Ninja H2. Now, a Polish firm called Zortrax is aiming to take that a step further with its case study of building a 3D printed supersport bike.
The study sees the firm using a Triumph Daytona 675 – arguable the planet’s best supersport – as a base in an attempt to reengineer all its elements apart from its mechanicals.
The goal of this case study was to study the full capacity of the firm’s M300 3D printers and checking if its possible to redesign and 3D print parts of the motorcycle, make them match, perform their role and reflect the look of professional parts.
Zortrax states that it took its builders an entire month to complete the assembly using a range of its hardware and software. The build team even went to the extent of polishing their 3D printed parts to make their surface extra smooth and provide better adhesion of the primer, putty and paint.
This then allowed builders to cover parts with a layer of body filler to make the surface even smoother by filling all the micro gaps or scratches. After which, the parts were then primed and painted to give it that ‘like new’ shine.
Though the process was time consuming to say the least, Zortrax states that the time necessary for completing the project was reduced to a large extend compared to the regular manufacturing process.
Given the perfect fit of each and every part, Zortrax’s 3D printed supersport bike case study shows that method could very well be the future of motorcycle mass production. If it looks this good, who can argue with it really?