VIBA, a French producer of restricted version bikes, has redesigned a basic bike utilizing 3D printed elements. The venture was accomplished in collaboration with German steel 3D printing specialists, SLM solutions and Rolf Lenk.
Yann Bakonyi, the founding father of VIBA stated, “At tradeshows we see a whole lot of [3D printed] elements, however they’re often only for showcase and will not be useful […] So, this venture was to point out that 3D printing may be built-in in an industrial course of to work completely.”
3D printed motorbikes
The automotive business has discovered various purposes utilizing 3D printing. For instance, final yr two 3D printed motorbikes have been demonstrated, an electric bike by Fillamentum and NERA by BigRep.
Moreover, efficiency racing has gained from 3D printing, as corporations like Carbon Performance present bespoke 3D printed elements to reinforce the efficiency of racing autos.
VIBA’s bike, named Jane, is an effort to attain each design and effectivity. To construct the Jane bike, VIBA partnered with SLM Options and Rolf Lenk, after a go to to the 3D Print Congress and Exhibition 2018 held in Lyon. Bakonyi defined, “For us, doing a little restricted manufacturing run, it’s [3D printing] an amazing manufacturing methodology as a result of we will construct all of the elements we would like with price.”
The Jane bike is impressed by Honda Z sequence line of motorbikes widespread within the 1960s and 70s. It included fashions such because the Honda Z50A, Z50M, and Z50J. The bike was dubbed the ‘Monkey’ or ‘Gorilla’ as a result of apparently, that’s how the motive force of the bike appears to be like like whereas driving.
On why VIBA selected the Z sequence, Bakonyi stated, “All people is aware of the Monkey […] We determined to reinvent the Honda Monkey as a result of, each time we’re constructing a venture at VIBA, we care about telling a narrative […] We wished to revive childhood recollections of riders.”
“It’s devoted to individuals who like the unique Monkey […] however are in search of one thing new – totally different than one thing else you may see on the streets.”
The bike is called ‘Jane’ after Jane Fonda and Jane Birkin who have been the cultural icons on the time of Honda Monkey bikes reputation.
3D printed gasoline tank
The Jane bike is consists of a number of 3D printed elements made with AlSi10Mg, a generally used aluminum in 3D printing. The AlSi10Mg is light-weight and has good thermal properties.
All the 3D printing course of took greater than sixty hours print all of the elements and three SLM printers have been used to make greater than 5 elements of the Jane bike. The 3D printed elements of the bike embody the gauge bracket, hole levers to hold wiring, entrance baggage rack, mudguard and headlight assist, and the gasoline tank.
In accordance with the Bakoyi the 1 mm thick gasoline tank is “probably the most modern half as a result of it’s the show of 3D printing added worth […] You’ll discover that nearly every thing attainable has to do with this expertise.”
The gasoline tank took greater than twenty-hours of printing time on an SLM 800 3D printer. The insides of the gasoline tank are a honeycomb sample. This construction prevents gasoline sloshing when the breaks are utilized or the bike is tilted throughout a flip. In accordance with the creators, lack of gasoline sloshing makes the bike trip extra secure.
Moreover, the tank was constructed as one piece, in distinction to conventional gasoline tanks whose elements are welded collectively. Ralf Frohwerk, SLM Options’ Head of Enterprise Growth, stated, “It actually exhibits what’s succesful with this expertise […] Designers can combine useful options whereas creating new, customized designs.”
The 125cc engine Jane bike has a restricted launch with solely 23 fashions deliberate. It may be reserved on VIBA’s store.
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Featured picture exhibits the Jane bike. Picture through VIBA