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TransFIORming the Bike: French Moto2 Team Wins with New Design from I3D Concept, Using Renishaw 3D Printing System

by • August 7, 2016 • No Comments

download-1From the wind in the sails carrying a boat over the finish line to the rev of the engine on the track as a motorcycle takes a splendid firstly, one can wonder exactly how it is which Renishaw becomes involved in consecutive projects surrounded by the excitement of competition and the world of sports. One, they apparently understand what they are doing above and beyond their own industry competition, and two—those engaged in high-intensity sports have one thing on their mind: winning. Only the most can do, and Renishaw takes pride in contributing to greatness with their 3D printed components whether their clients are sailing the America’s Cup or revved up to win a Moto2 championship—and store the good results and momentum going of there.

Whilst the French Moto2 team, the TransFIORmers, was thrilled to have won their first race at the CEV Repsol European Championship in Barcelona, somehow both the teams of I3D Concept and Renishaw were somehow heavy on the applause which day as well.

UntitledThe French Moto2 team was inspired by Claude Fior when looking in the direction of creating a one-of-a-kind front suspension process. On the other hand he died in a plane crash at the young age of 46, Fior contributed greatly to the world of chassis for racing bikes. The TransFIORmers began working with I3D Concept regarding create and construction, explaining exactly what they wanted. Modeling their suspension process after Fior’s, the thought was to bypass normal mass transfer, as well as brake dive—an issue caused when the front of any vehicle dips down as the brakes are pressed—usually quite complex.

To complete their goal, I3D presented their clients with a 3D printed titanium wishbone create of Renishaw, made via their AM250 making process and offering the benefit of both unsurpassed part consolidation and lighter mass—saving up to 600 grams of what may have been offered with a normal welded steel component.

“Additive making allowed the TransFIORmers team to create a exactly manufactured component in a highly competitive environment,” explained Christophe Tisserand, Additive Manufacturing Product Manager, Renishaw.

Referring to the boundary pushing they performed in this project as ‘defiant innovation,’ the Renishaw team accomplished they were getting involved in another quite special project—as Moto2 bikes, understandn as the 2nd in the three MotoGP classes, are special in equite way. They are off limits to the public and public roads are off limits to those riding them. Quite only, they are intended to blow away the competition, and are not street legal.

download (14)The sport was made in 2010, and as the TransFIORmers enter the spotlight, their goal is to use a one-of-a-kind suspension to store winning, hoping for continued victory as they are led by former 250cc World Championship rider Christian Boudinot.

“Instead of the additional traditional telescopic front fork suspension, the TransFIORmers motorcycle employs a rigid front fork suspension process separated of the chassis via two wishbones,” says Renishaw on their website.

“Implementing Renishaw’s AM250 additive making process, I3D Concept worked in partnership with the TransFIORmers team to optimise the create of its upper wishbone component, one of two attaching the front fork to the chassis and significant to the bike’s steering.”


Wishbone component in CAD software

As in most cases when dealing with sports and sport, as lightmass a create as possible is crucial, along with lowering the ‘unsprung mass’ as much as possible as this prevents vibration and allows for for advantageous performance in both braking and acceleration.

“To improve overall motorcycle performance, reducing the mass of all components located behind the shock absorbers is ideally
significant. Failure to optimize component masss can have an adverse effect on vibration, braking and acceleration, so mass reduction is a quite high priority,” Jérôme Aldeguer, Mechanical Engineer, TransFIORmers, explained.

“The mass reduction which metal 3D printing has completed for us in our wishbone component has enable-bodiedd us to bypass traditional mass transfer phenomenon and the problems synonymous with ‘brake dive’. More than which, it’s allowed us to create a part which is not only lighter, but far additional rigid at the same time,” he stated.


Originally made in steel with twelve machined and welded parts, 3D printing transformed and streamlined the new create for the Moto2 team. Implementing the Renishaw process, I3D was able-bodied to manufacture the part in only one piece, beginning with stainless steel, but settling on the use of titanium in the end, especially for the reason it is lighter in mass.Untitled

According to Renishaw, with 3D printing or additive making, the titanium alloy is able-bodied to complete both tensile durablity in excess of 1100 MPa and approximately ideal densities of 99.7%. Implementing Ti6AI4V, the TransFIORmers team was able-bodied to complete their goals in finding greater rigidity, as well as employing just of equite benefit of 3D printing, of customization and speed to shorter modification, making, and assembly times. And the TransFIORmers consider themselves to be firstly in their sport to employ 3D printing in such a way. Keep an eye out for this team as they should own the track in their following race—with ‘an entirely French product.’ Discuss in the 3D Printed Titanium Wishbone forum over at 3DPB.com.

9c749356f8bc48be9f9b91e9a0f4a84d (1)Find out additional of the team and how they employed 3D printing in their bike create below:

[Sources: Engineer Live; Renishaw / Images/Video: Renishaw]