BORN Motor Co. Saves Time And Money In It’s Motorcycle Production
Barcelona-based BORN Motor Co. has a lot going on. Not only does it produce high-quality deconstructed
motorcycles, the company also designs limited editions and upgrade kits for motorcycles, as well as serving
as an industrial design studio that collaborates with several motorcycle manufacturers on aesthetic design.
A great deal of careful work is done at the company and, until recently, BORN was using traditional
fabrication techniques such as laser cutting and CNC machining to create custom pieces by hand.
Both of those techniques tend to be time-consuming and expensive, however, especially when it comes to
short production runs like BORN produces. The company thought about investing in injection molds, but
that just didn’t make sense considering the low volume of each production run. That left 3D printing.
BORN Motor Co. turned to BCN3D Technologies, maker of the Sigma 3D printer. The open sourceSigma,
updated for its 2017 release, is well-loved for its dual extruder, multi-color, multi-material technology, and
that was the 3D printer BORN Motor Co. decided to go with for its motorcycle parts.
A company that boasts customization as one of its major services can easily run into a challenge without the right
means of production. 3D printing is the perfect solution for producing one-off, individually designed parts, which
BORN Motor Co. found when it began working with the Sigma 3D printer. Not only does the technology lend itself
well to custom items, it also has allowed BORN to more quickly iterate versions of each part until arriving at the
final one. In addition, the company found that there were fewer design limitations with 3D printing than there
were with other technologies.
The Sigma’s multi-material capabilities allowed BORN Motor Co. to create end-use parts in different engineering-
grade materials, including nylon, PET-G and ABS. Most people involved in the 3D printing industry have heard the
refrain over and over again – 3D printing isn’t just for prototyping anymore, but it’s becoming very true. 3D printing
functional end-use parts for something like a motorcycle is hardly something to bat an eye at anymore, though not
long ago it would have been hard to believe.
BORN Motor Co. is taking full advantage of the material capabilities of today’s 3D printing technology, particularly
those offered by the BCN3D Sigma. 3D printing has become a regular means of production at the facility now, with
both internal and external parts being created on the 3D printer. Designers at BORN can now create more complex
parts with much less time, effort, and cost; according to the company, since it began using 3D printing, it has saved
about €2,000 on each motorcycle it modifies.
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