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ELISAVA Racing Team’s Mountain Rescue motorcycle taken to new heights by 3D printing

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Elisava Racing Team is creating a fully electric, intelligent motorcycle equipped for mountain rescue in hostile terrains. Collaborating with BCN3D, 19 end-use parts were printed using FFF technology in a variety of different technical materials and sizes.

The multidisciplinary ELISAVA Racing Team is a fusion of industrial design engineering and design students currently working on the DAYNA: the first of its kind electric motorcycle designed specifically for mountain rescue. Adhering to the value proposition of a mountain rescue vehicle equipped to attend to any emergency in a hostile environment, the team enlisted our resources for the manufacturing of the motorcycle parts and the materials subsequently required.

“With their knowledge of materials and FFF printing technology, the team at BCN3D helped us to finish defining the shape of the components to facilitate printing, as well as configure the parts to have better quality and reduce supports and problems when printing,” said Jacobo Mateos, Project Manager of the ELISAVA Racing Team

The unique motorcycle uses a total of 19 end-use parts created with 3D FFF printing technology. ELISAVA selected technical materials for the majority of the components. The team of 3D printing engineers at BCN3D contributed by advising on the optimization of the design and the components according to their optimal orientation and ideal material.

“It allowed us to manufacture plastic parts both in materials with reinforcement and in materials without it, which gave us a freedom when defining the shape of the parts that any other manufacturing process would not have allowed.”

To guarantee successful results with these technical materials, the team acquired the use of our newest and biggest 3D printer, the Epsilon W50. Its large print volume ensured the smooth running of the creation of the big volume parts required for the motorbike, such as the fender and the fork cover. With the use of Mirror Mode, which enables simultaneously printing mirrored designs symmetrically, the team saved time and BVOH provided better quality and fast iteration, in turn making it cost-effective. After printing, the parts were sanded down for a smooth finish.

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