Print Out Your Own Ducati 1199 Panigale Motorcycle

09/14/2014 @ 10:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

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One day, 3D printing technology will fundamentally change the motorcycle industry. Currently however, companies use 3D printing, or rapid prototyping, to quickly and cheaply build parts for development machines. Enthusiasts also use the technology, though mostly as a novelty, which is the case here.

A glimpse perhaps in how we will one day buy motorcycles, some clever modelers have “printed” a pretty convincing 3D copy of the Ducati 1199 Panigale. Built in CAD, and printed with a Ultimaker, the attention to detail is pretty astounding — note the chain that exactly meshes up with the front and rear sprockets.

Forty pieces comprise the work, which have also been painted and lacquered to look like the genuine article. The lines you see are the limits of the resolution of the printer, which builds each piece a ~0.1mm layer at a time.

While it won’t replace the real thing anytime soon, it’s compelling how close the model looks to the full-size genuine article. If you’re so inclinded, you can get the files to print out your very own, right here.

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Source: Redicubricks

  • Bananarama

    Banana for scale should be the industry standard for anything. Well done.

  • Singletrack

    Pretty cool when you think about the technology. But a few things stand out in my mind.

    1. Was it intentionally left rough to provide a reference for the current limitations of the printing equipment?
    2. It’s not clear who created the original 3D digital model of the bike Jacky Wan started with. Did Ducati supply their CAD files (not effin likely)? Did someone else scan a full size Panigale and scale it down? Or did someone just scan (ie ripoff) Tamiya’s 1/12 scale Panigale model? see here http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/14129/index.htm
    3. With the advent of computer-to-printer 3D modelling, I admire even more Tamiya’s model making skills. Th0se mass produced models are of far superior quality, and have been made by manual methods for decades.

    By the way, Jacky claims each layer is laid down between 0.09mm – 0.15mm height.

  • ZootCadillac

    Thank the baby Jebus for that. Perhaps now Minichamps won’t cost so much? ;)

  • ML

    It’d be authentic if they included the oil leaks =D

    Other than that, looks great.