Generative design arrives at motorbike rallye

June 12, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
3D printing enables individual radiator panels for motorcycles at International GS Trophy Central Asia 2018.

Experts from the BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center and BMW Motorrad have jointly customized the motorcycles of the International GS Trophy 2018. Thanks to Generative Design, i.e. the design using an algorithm, it was possible to customise the radiator shrouds of the R 1200 GS motorcycles used: The team added the names and start numbers of the drivers to the CAD data of the radiator cover virtually and then printed them using additive production.

In selective laser melting, aluminum powder is melted by powerful lasers. Since no tools are required for 3D printing, each individual part can be different. This makes the process ideal for individualizing individual parts. At the same time, the finished components offer very high strength - this was necessary for the tough conditions of the rally, which took place in Mongolia from 3 to 10 June.

The 3D-printed radiator hoods were additionally machined by a milling process to achieve greater contrast and better surface quality. As a reminder of the 2,350 km long journey, the individualized panels were handed over to the participants at the award ceremony.

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