Designer Piotr Krzyczkowski is currently exploring a new transport solution for city dwellers: en electric motorbike. The project is still nascent but we already know it involves the use of 3D printing for several parts including its prototype.

The idea came from the young artist’s trip to Milan, where he noticed a strong presence of two-wheelers of all kinds. Such type of transport solution has been used for decades in the city. It’s simple, fast, affordable compared to cars and practical in a traffic jam.

Image via Zortrax

Designer Piotr Krzyczkowski is currently exploring a new transport solution for city dwellers: en electric motorbike. The project is still nascent but we already know it involves the use of 3D printing for several parts including its prototype.

The creation of the electric motorbike

We are talking about a two-year project. After raising the necessary funding, Piotr and his team develop the first version. The patented physical model was crucial to show investors the value of this innovation.

Alone, a ‘virtual project’ is no longer enough for partners and investors. We had to show
a fully functioning prototype. Yet simply creating the laminate panels that form the vehicle’s bodywork would have cost PLN 150,000-200,000 (39,000 – 52,000 USD) – way beyond our budget. That’s when we started thinking about 3D printing. Through our cooperation with Zortrax, the parts needed
to assemble the prototype were created on their printers. The whole process cost almost seven times less and we were able to show the world a functioning motorcycle
,” says Piotr Krzyczkowski, Falectra’s owner.

The use of 3D Printing resulted in a light construction and a prototype that can
be improved on an ongoing basis. Unlike other motorbike, this prototype’s battery has been placed as low as possible in order to obtain a stable motorbike that is easy to ride.  A practical storage box is mounted where the tank would have been. The vehicle can travel up to 70 km on a single charge and reach a speed of up to 60 km (32 mi)/h.

We knew that the print’s durability was the priority, so that the motorbike created by Piotr would
be fully functioning and ready to use. We chose the Z-ULTRAT material, which can endure heavy loads, and used the M200 Plus and M300 Plus printers. This enabled us to create parts that fully reflect
the appearance and functionality of these motorbikes, which will soon be mass-produced
,” adds Miłosz Bertman, Lead 3D Designer at Zortrax.

The first 10 motorbikes will be allowed on the road for research purposes next year. Mass production will begin in 2021. The motorbike will cost around PLN 15,000 (4000 USD) for individual customers.

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