New Energica Ad Shows 3D Printing Involved in Development

Energica Ego 1 photo
Photo: Group CRP
If you thought that the all-new Indian motorcycles were the only bikes which used the 3D printing technology, then you were a bit wrong. Here’s a new ad for the long-awaited Energica Ego electric superbike, unveiling scenes from the manufacturing and prototyping process… and telling the story of how F1-inspired technologies and Windform materials helped build the machine.
The use of the SLS Windform materials allowed Additive Manufacturing specialists to easily and quickly create intricate shapes and use them for both testing and development. Even more than simply helping with prototyping, the 3D printing technologies can be further used to replicate certain parts which may need changing over time, or in need of replacement after a crash.

The Energica Ego is the first all-Italian electric superbike and has been in preparation for quite some time now. However, the official release date has been continuously delayed during the last two years, now the Group CRP announcing 2015 as the new launch date.

It looks like things are finally in a straight line as the manufacturer has scheduled a test ride event with the bike in mid-May in Modena, Italy, and mentioned that similar events are to take place in Germany and the US later this year. The latest figures for the Energica Ego promised a 136 hop max power and a continuous torque of 195 Nm (143.7 lb-ft), while the top speed should be around the 240 km/h (149 mph) mark.

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