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BMW specialist makes custom 3D printed motorcycle parts - the costs are reduced with 90%.

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"Thanks to 3D printing we are able to create a bespoke motorcycle part as well as offer an affordable and fast service."

When it comes to the repair and maintenance of BMW Motorcycles, Joost Motoren knows what it takes. They have a unique approach in their work and they are extremely client specific, ensuring that they stand out from their competitors. Joost Motoren is driven by the need to be different, to offer more and think beyond the realms and boundaries of other companies who supply parts.

Many of their customers are owners of BMW’s and they regularly come across a problem that is hard to deal with. Often original parts are simply not available anymore. Therefore, to overcome this widespread problem, they are now using a 3D printer to manufacture 3D printed motorcycle parts. Tractus 3D printers have made it possible for them to create custom 3D printed motorcycle parts. With 3D printing BMW parts, the company sets the bar even higher for other suppliers to follow – if they can.

3D printed motorcycle parts – the advantages

Let’s take an example of how Joost Motoren used 3D printed motorcycle parts to help their customers even better. A customer came in with a BMW with H7 lamps. The idea the owner had was to replace the original lamps, that came with the motorcycle, with Power LED lamps. To his opinion the original lamps gave off insufficient light making it difficult for other road users to become aware of his presence on the road. Unfortunately, the original case was too small to house the Power LED lamps as they have cooling ribbons that are larger as the original lamps emit more heat.

BMW does not offer an alternative to replace the original lamps and so, making them fit would take a lot of effort and money. It would involve the parts being CNC’ed by an external companies and this can take a long time given the fact that there is a lot of outsourcing involved. As a result of this, Joost Motoren consulted our partner True Colours about the problem they had and they came up with a new and improved solution: 3D printing BMW lamp cases. They had the idea to redesign the case using 3D printing technology to ensure that the Power LED lamp fitted correctly.

Thanks to 3D printing Joost Motoren and True Colours had the ability to completely redesign the original, making it possible to create a new case for the Power LED lamps. 3D printing the motorcycle part made it possible to create the final part in just a few hours. There was no longer the need to rely and wait on external suppliers thanks to 3D printing BMW parts. It also meant that the designs of the 3D printed bike parts became owned by Joost Motoren and this safeguards the intellectual property of the company.

This is a prime example of how 3D printing made it possible to create a bespoke motorcycle part as well as offer an affordable service. The lamps can now be seen in the BMW.

Reduced production time

It takes just a few hours 3D printing BMW lamp cases. This does involve a small amount of post-processing, but after that the 3D printed motorcycle parts are completely usable.

CEO Ben Schilperoort: “You think of 3D printing at first as just a prototyping tool, but for a lot of companies it is an end-use process. They are happy they no longer have to rely on the schedules of third-party suppliers and their integrity”.
This proves just how crucial and integral 3D printing will be to the automotive industry and in particular, a custom motorbike building shop. These projects would often take days and weeks but 3D printing has made it possible to create a 3D printed motorcycle part in just a few hours. While also reducing the costs when 3D printing BMW parts.

Offering more than the competition

Of course, the world in which Joost Motoren operates is one that requires fast results. It also requires them to keep up with the competitors by offering something different and unique and so, 3D printing BMW parts offers them the perfect solution. The 3D printed custom bike parts have enabled them to widen their service and take on more customers while it also means that there is no limit to what they can achieve. The ability to create custom 3D printed motorcycle parts in just a few hours, from start to finish is something that many competitors will not be able to compete with. In fact, if they wanted to, they could branch out into other areas of their industry, looking to offer more to their clients. Joost Motoren has already shown that they have a real drive and initiative when it comes to delivering their promises. 3D printing BMW parts, and parts of other motorcycle brands, enables them to realise their goals in ways that they could never imagine.

Speed in delivery

Joost Motoren offers a complete service but if it would take them a long time to deliver, service perception would be low. When Joost Motoren identified the needs of its clients, they found that the speed at which they offered their service was crucial to their overall satisfaction. False promises and long, drawn out processes cause frustration and this could lead to a bad reputation and clients going elsewhere with their business. The fact that with 3D printing BMW parts they tripled the speed at which they work and provide customers with a clear timeframe in which their requirements will be met, can only lead to high levels of satisfaction. For many customers, they want to get their vehicle back on the road as soon as possible. 3D printing custom motorcycle parts enables Joost Motoren to meet the ever-growing and changing demands of their customers.

Less errors

Producing customized parts used to be time-consuming and involved a lot of people and man-hours to even create something. The old methods involve trial and error and this often set them back in terms of time, which ultimately leads to unhappy customers. Since the implementation of 3D printing BMW lamp cases and other brand parts into their working methods and processes, the number of errors have been significantly reduced. The design of the product can be created using a computer and fine-tuned until they are satisfied, and only then it will be uploaded to the 3D printer. The ability to work this way means that there are less people involved and there are no physical products to break or damage. With the 3D printer they are free to create the custom bike part with minimal errors along the way.

Cost reduction

3D printing BMW parts and parts of other motorcycle brands enables Joost Motoren to enhance their service but also improve their profits. The level of control on what they offer enables them to really cut costs. There are no third parties involved in the process because everything is designed in-house. Therefore, custom 3D printed motorcycle parts can be produced in a way that is cost effective to both Joost Motoren but also their customers. In former example of 3D printing BMW lamp cases, the total costs were actually reduced by 90%.

The working place of Joost Motoren where they create the 3D printed custom bike parts

Benefits

  • Designs of the 3D printed motorcycle parts never leave the company
  • 3D printing BMW parts and others shortens the development process
  • They are able to test ideas quickly and discover what does and does not work
  • New iterations have no cost penalties
  • It’s easy to personalize and tweak bike parts to uniquely fit their needs at no extra cost and in just a matter of hours
  • Engineers can discuss a design with peers or rapidly test the new 3D printed motorcycle parts
  • They can verify a design before investing in an expensive molding tool
A 3D printed custom bicycle part
The 3D printed motorcycle lamp case
The 3D printed custom lamp case for the motorcycle
Fitting of the lamp in the new case
Installation of the BMW 3D printed custom lamp case
Installation of the lamp case on the motorcycle

Results of 3D printing custom motorcycle parts

Employee of Joost Motoren working on the 3D printed motorcycle part

Competition

With the experience of 3D printing BMW parts, Joost Motoren is able to make custom parts, which can be used for prototyping as well as the final product.

Installation of the BMW 3D printed motorcycle part

Time

3D printing BMW lamp cases was the solution to replace the original, which was not deliverable anymore. The 3D printed motorcycle parts enabled the company to triple the speed of production.

Old parts of a BMW motorcycle that have to be replaced by the 3D printed custom motorcycle parts

Errors

New iterations on the 3D printed motorcycle parts have no cost penalties, other than the small amount of filament necessary.

Showing the 3D printed custom motorcycle part on the actual motorcycle

Costs

Joost Motoren is now able to make custom 3D printed motorcycle parts at low costs. This can be used for prototyping as well as the final product, 3D printing BMW lamp cases.

BMW logos on the shop window of Joost Motoren

Confidentiality

Designs of the 3D printed bike parts don’t leave the company, so third parties can never claim your innovations for themselves.