Italian creativity and technology

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Seminar: Energica, the first made-in-Italy electric motorcycle, and high performance 3D printing materials. The Italian experience outrunning imagination

September 10, 2013 - New York - Italian Cultural Institute

Energica, has been designed and developed by CRP, an Italian-based company with an affiliate company in North Carolina (CRP USA

The Italian manufacturer has used state-of-the-art technologies in the construction of the motorcycle, that is no more just an electric bicycle or a low performance motorcycle, but a real high performance superbike, that compares to 600cc ICE motorbikes.

One of the most interesting technologies CRP used for Energica is the 3D Printing technology with high performance WINDFORM materials.

The lecture illustrates how 3D Printing can create a performing vehicle thanks to innovative laser sintering materials. These materials can produce functional and aesthetical parts that can also be metallized and painted.

CRP is involved as technological partner in several projects spanning from motorsports and automotive to aerospace.

This case-study reports a clear example of how racing technologies applied to automotive field can become the key factor in the design and construction of a vehicle. CRP has built several parts of Energica with 3D printing and Windform materials (CRP's laser sintering materials) and now the electric motorcycle represents the next generation of sustainable high-tech mobility.

Energica tops out at 220 km/h and it has a range of 150 km (@70kmh cruising). The batteries can be charged within 3 hours or in less than 30 minutes to 80% of batteries capacity with fast charging strategy. The battery has a nominal capacity of 11.7 kWh and 13.2 kWh when it is completely charged.

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