TE Connectivity 3D-prints fully functional electric motorcycle

TE Connectivity decided to 3D-print a motorcycle in order to demonstrate the many uses of this technology. Inspired by the Harley-Davidson Softail, almost all the parts of this motorcycle were printed in 3D, with the exception of the engine, electrical components, and rear-view mirrors.

The 113 kg bike took 1000 hours to be printed and is equipped with a small 750 watts motor, which can manage to carry an average-weight person at the speed of 25 km/h for more than 20 minutes.

The motorcycle frame was made using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology where an extrusion nozzle controlled by a robotic mechanism, lays down molten polymer in layers. The polymers used for this project consist of  ABS and a heat resistant resin called Ultem 9085. Furthermore, the metal parts such as the headlight housing, were made using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) which creates a solid structure by compacting powdered material with a laser.

The bike was unveiled at the Rapid 2015 3D Printing fair in Long Beach, California, one of the most important events related to 3D printing technology.

Via: Wonderful Engineering