Meet The Dagger – a 3D-printed frame and chassis wrapped around a 300bhp Kawasaki H2R supercharged motor.
Check this out – a full-on naked hyperbike that’s been created with a 3d-printed chassis.
Called The Dagger the bike looks awesome and as the main bits are wrapped around a supercharged Kawasaki H2R motor (yep) it’s going to go like a scalded cat.
The bike has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show by the company Divergent 3D. The chassis parts have been printed using a carbon fibre material that Divergent claims is a whopping 50% lighter than traditional motorcycle materials like alloy.
Divergent says that the frame is stronger too, so under hard acceleration there’s less flex than you’d have with a conventional set-up. The chassis parts (pictured on a separate display at the show, below) are made in large, single items on the printer.
We’ve seen this 3D-printing tech before with the likes of the APWORKS Light Rider from Airbus (above) and Energica Ego (below) and this bike now is the first step into motorcycles for Divergent 3D – the firm has so far made a name for itself with its Blade, the 3D-printed supercar (below).
Since it made the car, Divergent has been working with French conglomerate PSA Groupe to speed up and improve the 3D-printing process further.
“The partnership with PSA Group is to bring about standard vehicles built on our technology in the next few years,” Divergent 3D CEO Kevin Czinger (pictured below with The Dagger) told Mashable from the L.A. Auto Show floor: “These cars are showing how creative and diverse and divergent you can be if you have the tools and a low cost way to build cool stuff.”
The Dagger is just the next step in this growth. According to Czinger, this proves that Divergent 3D can do more than just produce the parts and chassis for one super car — the process can be applied to just about anything.
“This is to show that we have a front end where we can develop a vehicle within a wide range, from a motorcycle to a truck,” he said. “It’s a platform that will allow you to design, manufacture and assemble a wide range of vehicles.”
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