The 2022 MotoGP season has just begun. Here is how Ducati Corse uses 3D printing to enhance performance

MotoGP is the premier class of motorcycle road racing events held on road circuits sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). As any sports in the motorsports industry, winning here sometimes requires to achieve performance through technical capabilities delivered by AM technologies. As the 2022 MotoGP season has started, we have been given a great example of parts where AM can make a difference with Ducati Corse.

The organization is a producer of sports motorcycles with headquarters based in Bologna, Italy. The company’s products range from the DesertX, Diavel, XDiavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Panigale, Streetfighter, to SuperSport families, all of them intended for different market segments.

For the 2020 edition of MotoGP that has started in Qatar, the company has been working with AM company Roboze, a technology partner, who provides the right resources when it comes to producing finished components in composite materials and super polymers.

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Technology, engines, shapes and aerodynamics

According to Roboze, motorsport has always had a special charm, proving to be one of the main promoters of technological innovation worldwide. In the racing world, everything is optimized for performance, because hundredths of a second can make the difference between a first and a second place. Week after week, race after race, everything is studied and designed to be lighter, safer and more performing. 

Ducati Corse used Roboze technology in the delicate test phases to produce parts of the Desmosedici GP, such as some sections of the fairing and the heat shields. The combination of composite materials and high-performance polymers – as metal replacement – was important to take advantage of AM – not to mention that the production of finished components with geometrically complex models can reduce assemblies and allowing the integration of new functions into the parts. As part of the project, Roboze technology has produced a wide range of parts with various materials including PEEK, Carbon PEEK, ULTEM and Carbon PA.

“We have been working with Roboze for more than a year now and thanks to Roboze’s 3D printing technology for super polymers and composites we have been able to significantly speed up the production of aerodynamic components with incredible mechanical properties.” says Riccardo Savin, Ducati Corse Vehicle Dynamics and Design Manager. “We are very happy with this technical partnership and plan to increase the use of their technology given the encouraging results obtained”. 

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