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The Energica Ego
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The striking design of the Energics Ago has been complemented by 3D printing technology
The first Italian electric motorcycle has been manufactured using 3D printing and F1 technologies in Modena, the homeland of the Italian Motor Valley. Manufacturer CRP Group (www.crp.eu) chose the name Energica Ego for the e-superbike.
Selective laser sintering technology and polyamide-based materials reinforced with carbon fibre, called Windform, was used to produce fairings, headlight covers and motorcycle components apart from the mechanical and electrical parts.
3D Printing and Windform materials can produce prototypes and functional parts quickly, that, once made, can be metallised and painted. With free-form design, short fabrication time and the ability to build extremely complex geometry that cannot be easily tooled (or impossible to tool) a customised production is realised that goes beyond the aesthetic model.
Thanks to the Windform line, this allows for the creation of highly-functional and beautifully finished parts suitable for multiple applications. CRP Additive Manufacturing materials have given birth to global products that create superior mechanical and aesthetic properties.
3D Printing then becomes production manufacturing when applied with materials like Windform that have this high quality and strength.
The CRP Group continues to hold the highest standards of quality thanks this innovation, as well as to a dedicated team who apply their talents from basic material research, to the improvement and development of new machine technologies.
Energica Ego is the first Italian electric motorcycle that recalls traditional endothermal motorcycles that can reach 240km/h and can ride up to 150 km. The batteries charge in less than three hours with AC and a half an hour with DC. Energica Ego is also equipped with a KERS braking system that allows it to recover useful energy for use by the motorcycle like F1 cars. Several patents have been registered for this project which is unique in its class.
Windform materials are resistant to water, oils and stress, they differ from other materials, in their mechanical properties and high quality of the CRP Group.
Energica Ego represents an application of 3D Printing that puts together aesthetics, Italian design and high performances in a 100% electric vehicle. An innovative motorcycle that translates into reality CRP’s know-how of 40 plus years of experience in the international motorsports.
Energica Ego will be available for purchase in 2015 with ABS and it will be manufactured with traditional productive technologies. The 3D-printed parts made of Windform, such as the fairing will be built with the suitable technologies of mass production. All metal parts such as the engine frame, the forks and the battery pack will be built with casted aluminum.
Finally, the CRP Group will bring to the market a version of the Energica Ego without fairing. This model is built with 3D printing and Windform materials. This prototype is in the study and research phase to check the design, the aerodynamic and the specifications, and will make its debut soon.