BORN Motor: 3D printed motorcycle parts for time and cost savings

BORN Motor customizes high-quality deconstructed motorcycles and is using 3D printing for manufacturing final parts instead of traditional processes, saving €2,000 for each motorcycle modified.

Traditional processes are time-consuming, expensive for short runs of production and limits the engineers design freedom. The BCN3D Sigma is now part of the daily life at BORN Motor, empowering its engineers to create more complex parts with a fraction of the previous effort, time and money.

Born Motor ·D printing BCN3D Sigma Motorcycle

The automotive company BORN Motor Co., based on Calella, Barcelona, produces high quality deconstructed motorcycles. Besides customizing, BORN Motor Co. also designs limited editions and upgrade kits for motorcycles. Last but not least, as an industrial design studio, collaborates in the aesthetic design of several motorcycle manufacturers. Exclusivity and originality are distinctive features for the BORN Motor products’. Their design and activities follow a purpose and are strongly inspired by its surrounding individuals.

The challenge

Given the culture and concept of the company, BORN Motor use traditional manufacturing technologies, like laser cutting and CNC milling, or create custom pieces by hand. However, both options are time-consuming and expensive for short runs of production. In addition, such technologies limit the design freedom and don’t allow creating complex, custom pieces. Despite BORN Motor has contemplated investing in injection molds for certain parts, the low volume inherent to its business advice against it.

Born Motor 3D printing BCN3D Sigma Motorcycle 3

The solution

3D Printing has allowed BORN Motor to speed up his creative process, from the design to the manufacturing and testing stages. The team is now capable to iterate faster and get refined designs in a very straight-forward workflow. 3D printing also has allowed BORN Motor to overcome design limitations caused by the previous manufacturing technologies used. Thanks to the versatility that the BCN3D Sigma 3D printer offers, BORN Motor engineers now are able to fabricate end-use pieces made of different materials, such as NylonPET-G or ABS, depending on the final use of the part.

Born Motor 3D printing BCN3D Sigma Motorcycle

The result

3D printing is now part of the daily life at BORN Motor, empowering its designers to create more complex parts with a fraction of the previous effort, time and money. While before the staff were spending time in handcrafted components, now they can focus on higher added-value parts. 3D printing for internal or non-aesthetic parts has opened the door to new solutions and design strategies, enriching the Design process and the final outcome, while reducing the time-to-market and overall labor costs.

Cost reduction

Costs are affected by several factors: from size to function and geometry influence in the decision of which traditional manufacturing technology is ideal for every single custom part. The following table is based on the modification of a dash housing for a Honda CB25.

Handcrafted
Machined
3D Printed
Iterations
1/part
2/part
6/part
Costs (labor, materials and service fee)
1500€/part
250€/part
6€/part
Lead time
24h/part
2-3 weeks
5-8h/part

BORN Motor, by using 3D printing technologies, is able to fabricate customized parts for limited edition motorcycles quickly and affordably. Are you interested to find out what BCN3D Technologies can do for your business? Contact us at info@bcn3dtechnologies.com, we love hearing from you!

Accelerating creative process through 3D printing at IED Barcelona

Istituto  Europeo di Design uses their BCN3D Sigma 3D printers for prototyping and functional testing, speeding up students creative process and turning conceptual designs into reality

IED, the Istituto Europeo di Design, is an international network of schools with eleven seats worldwide specialized in training, development and research in the disciplines of Management, Fashion, Design and Visual Communication. During this last year they have implemented 3D printing technologies at their facilities.

Why 3D printing is useful for the students?

“The IED philosophy is built using a methodology based on learning by doing. Therefore, the rapid prototyping part becomes very important. Specially, in the design discipline thanks to the new technologies that we have within reach, rapid prototyping allows accelerating creative processes. Students, during the design process, can quickly validate and test ideas through 3D printed models.” explains Raffaella Perrone, IED Barcelona Design Managing Director.

Prototyping a concept car for the 2035 year

One of the projects done with the BCN3D Sigma 3D printers during this last year is a concept car done by Miguel Ángel, Alberto Martínez y Joan Franc. The brief consisted in designing the mobility of the future, specifically for the year 2035. The idea was to answer the question about how to maintain the pleasure of driving in the future.

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Concept car prototype manufactured with the BCN3D Sigma

“The challenge of the project was to reproduce the 3D model designed in the computer as closely as possible. In order to do so, we have used the best technology in the market. 3D printing technology has allowed us to reproduce the complex and organic shapes that we had designed. This was possible thanks to the BCN3D Sigma 3D printer.” says Miguel Ángel.

Concept car printed with the Sigma

Conceptual car assembly process

IED Barcelona, by using 3D printing technologies, clearly demonstrates how 3D printing can revolutionize the phases of product development. Are you interested to find out what BCN3D Technologies can do for your business? Contact us filling out the form below, we love hearing from you!