TransFIORmers, a French motorcycling team, has not only just announced that one of its main sponsors will be the British company specializing in 3D printing Renishaw, responsible for the first bicycle in the world manufactured using 3D printing and who will now specialize in the manufacture of high-competition parts that will be incorporated into the team's motorcycles.
The announcement of this collaboration is no coincidence since, from within the TransFIORmers team, at one point, the idea arose to incorporate certain parts to their motorcycles manufactured using 3D printing technology. At this point, let me tell you that we are not only talking about aerodynamic elements, but even about a new one. completely different front suspension to any other piece of this type used in the sector.
TransFIORmers succeeds in developing a 3D printed front suspension
If you are interested in knowing how this new suspension made of metal works, tell you that today the TransFIORmers team compete in the FIM CEV, within the Moto2 category, performing, on some occasion throughout the year, several wild cards in the Moto2 World Championship.
As for the idea of this peculiar suspension, tell you that the idea arose within the French team where the engineer was active. Caude Fior back in the 80s in the 500cc World Cup. Once the brilliant engineer died it seemed that the idea had been completely scrapped until now, when Christian Boudinot, a former Fior driver, has decided to continue with the work of his teacher. For this, Boudinot works jointly with the company i3D Concept, users of the AM250 metal printer manufactured by Renishaw, who are truly responsible for making this peculiar suspension made of titanium a reality.
As commented Jérôme Aldeguer, mechanical engineer at TransFIORmers:
To improve the overall performance of the motorcycle it is necessary to reduce the weight of all the components located behind the shock absorbers; it is absolutely vital. Failure to optimize component weights can have an adverse effect on vibration, braking, and acceleration, making weight reduction a very high priority.