Moto GP which is also known as Grand Prix motorcycle racing is a premier class of motorcycle racing which is being held since 1949. The bikes that take part in this rate are custom made by the team, Most of these bikes cannot be purchase by the general public nor able to be ridden legally on public roads. A lot of countries take part in Moto GP so the stakes are very high and everyone wants to have their bikes to be the best.
Jumps in 3D Printing ! We have seen a lot of instances where companies have used this disruptive manufacturing technique to improve on the way they produce things. Moto2 team TransFIORmers is a French super bike racing team, which has partnered with French metal 3D printing experts I3D Concept to create a custom made innovative front suspension designs that allows the bike to break into a corner and accelerate out quickly.
TransFIORmers, which is led by a former 250cc World Championship rider Christian Boudinot wanted a custom made suspension system as what they used currently was extremely heavy and was heavily affected with steering forces.
They were assisted I3D Concept, which used Renishaw AM250 Metal 3D printer to create a custom made Titanium rigid front fork suspension system. This newly designed suspension system was not just lighter that the previous version, it was also made out of one single part (No Assembly required as the old version was made out of 12 different welded parts). The new design and 3D printing helped the company achive a weight reduction of 600g or 40% over the previous parts.
To create this 3D Printed Suspension System , I3D Concept used Strong but light weight Ti6AI4V Titanium powder which has tensile strength of 1100 MPa and 99.7% density. Jérôme Aldeguer who works as a Mechanical Engineer at TransFIORmers said “To improve overall motorcycle performance, reducing the weight of all components located behind the shock absorbers is absolutely vital. Failure to optimize component weights can have an adverse effect on vibration, braking and acceleration, so weight reduction is a really high priority.”
Reduction of weight and a single part suspension system are not the only advantages that the company found which creating these 3D Printed parts. They also achieved all this with a 3D Design software which were easier to use and allowed them to quickly iterate the part’s geometries to match specific chassis and kinematic properties.
Jérôme Aldeguer added “The weight reduction that metal 3D printing has achieved for us in our wishbone component has enabled us to bypass traditional weight transfer phenomenon and the problems associated with “brake dive”. More than that, it’s allowed us to design a part that is not only lighter, but far more rigid at the same time.”
So when you see the name of Reinshaw on the bikes racing at Moto GP, you can now proudly explain your friends why it’s there in the first place. Happy 3D Printing !!