Back to Life! Bringing back old motorcycles using Additive Manufacturing
Birmingham Alabama is home to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, also known as, the worlds “best and largest” motorcycle collection. The museum opened its doors to public in 1995 with the goal of showcasing the engineering, balance, and unique design of each motorcycle under its roof.
To-date the museum is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that spans over 100 years of production. Bikes from over 200 different manufacturers are represented in the museum’s collection.
The museum staff takes pride in conserving and restoring motorcycles to running condition, and in some cases, to competition-ready shape. Their motto is to make the museum a “living museum”.
Turing the museum into a “living museum” sometimes isn’t always that easy. When vintage bikes come into the museum (like a 1903 Harley Davidson), and need restored, the parts for the bikes are no longer being produced by the manufacturer and the museum might not be able to locate the needed parts in the market.
When situations like this happen, what does it do? The answer is simple, it calls on additive manufacturing expert Dave Pierson for help.
Dave has the knowledge and resources to reverse engineer the parts that no longer exist and directly print the parts using advanced materials that meet all functional requirements needed to make the bikes street ready again. To put it simply, Dave is able to REPLACE IRREPLACEABLE PARTS USING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING.
Does your company face issues when trying to reverse engineer parts? Have you considered trying additive manufacturing in the process?
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