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A motorcycle that displays carbon fiber and 3D printed titanium rear swingarm

Carboni e Metalli, an innovative startup based in the heart of the Italian Motorvalley, presented a radical concept motorcycle that pays homage to Moon landing 50th anniversary. The bike is built around an extensive use of composites materials and metallic additive manufacturing, including a rear swingarm produced with a carbon fiber body and 3D printed titanium fittings.

Massimo Bercella, co-founder of Carboni e Metalli:

“In 1969, mankind first stepped on the Moon. Now, 50 years later, we wanted to pay homage to that historical achievement doing what we do best in the part of the world: combining unique materials and advanced technologies with artisanal craftsmanship and passionate design”

Michele Antolotti, the other half of the company adds:

“Our footprint is on hi-tech manufacturing processes and we wanted to show the impact of Space-related techniques into a traditional market such as the motorcycles.”

The Lunar Project is based on an old KTM 250GS, the bike has been reimagined with a futuristic approach, combining vintage details such as a steel frame and a massive 2-stroke engine, with the most advanced technologies currently available on Earth, such as carbon fiber composites and metallic additive manufactured parts in structural applications such as a carbon fiber Sub-frame, a world-fist Carbon Fiber and 3D printed Titanium Rear Swingarm, and the 3D printed Alminum Front Fork Mounts to name a few.

The duo conclude:

“This project is a statement, we wanted to show that even a mature product such a Motorcycle can be innovated by applying Space-related technologies and design freedom. The technological return from the Apollo program was huge, and we felt the urge to do our part in celebrating the greatest conquer in the history of mankind, now that we stand at the dawn of a new era of space explorations. Winning the Best of Show Award came unexpected and motivates us to the next steps”.

The company will now showcase the bike at a series of events during 2019, while actively working on several new projects.


Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation

Technologies: Other Processing Method

Terms: Applications, Business, Innovations

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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