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Zortrax, a Polish 3D printer and materials manufacturer, has prototyped fairing panels for Falectra, the first Polish electric motorbike brand. Using the manufacturer’s Layer Plastic Deposition (LPD) 3D printers and Z-ULTRAT filaments, Falectra has managed to create a fully-functional prototype within its tight budget.
Both economical and green, Falectra’s electric motorbike aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. It features a zero-emission engine, a lightweight structure, and is designed to be easily rideable and repairable. On a single charge, the vehicles can travel up to 70 km with a maximum speed of 60 km/h.
Falectra - Motorbike - CEO - Piotr - Krzyczkowski
Falectra electric motorbike and CEO Piotr Krzyczkowski. Image via Zortrax.
Although this is the first Polish electric motorcycle using additive manufacturing, the technology has been incorporated into the automotive industry in Europe with 3D printed electric bike components such as a motorcycle hood and motor cooling shells. Last year, German large-scale 3D printer manufacturer BigRep had all components (except electronics) of its award winning NERA e-motorbike made through additive manufacturing. However, unlike Falectra, NERA is a concept vehicle, rather than one for consumer use.
Manufacturing - Cost - Time - Piotr - Krzyczkowski
Particularly within prototyping, additive manufacturing has been both cost and time effective. According to Piotr Krzyczkowski, CEO of Falectra, in the automotive industry early stage concepts are typically tested through clay modelling. Prototyping the bodywork can cost from $39,000 to $52,000 – exceeding the company’s budget.
“That’s when we started thinking about 3D printing,” added Krzyczkowski, who then reached out to Zortrax. “The whole process costs...
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