Italian Company Developing 3D Printed Electric Bike

An Italian manufacturer, Energica, is developing a 3D printed electric bike that is street legal.  The name of the bike is the Ego.

From visordown.com

Energica teams up with 3D printing street legal electric bike

ENERGICA is currently building Italy’s first street legal electric motorcycle, complete with 3D printed parts.

The Ego will be the Italian manufacturer’s first foray into road-going machines. It will feature a 107kW electric powertrain, with three second 0 to 60mph acceleration and a top speed of 150mph.

And a selection of the parts, including the dashboard and seat, have been produced by CRP Group, a company specialising in ‘rapid prototyping materials for 3D printing’, in order to speed up the development process.

The dash was made using Windform LX 3.0, a polyamide composite reinforced with glass fibres. Using the SLS 3D printing, CRP was able to fabricate prototype dashboards within two days.

The seat, meanwhile, was made from Windform RL material – a rubber-like thermoplastic.

While these parts may not make it to the production model, they enabled Energica to speed up the production process significantly.

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