Custom fabrication of motorcycles has been around for many generations, but what is now hitting the shops and garages around the world is the introduction of 3D printers. With additive manufacturing, these mechanics and designers can now prototype, design and test parts right from their home, without the need to outsource and spend weeks waiting for the part to be sent back. This can shave months off of a build and tens of thousands of dollars. One of the first people to see this technology and apply it to motorcycles is the family at GT-Moto.
Based in Plano, Texas, GT-Moto is made up of George and Sofi Tsingos along with Ross Freehling. Together they create custom motorcycles for various people around the country and have amassed a large audience due to their impeccable attention to detail and ability to create one of a kind works of art.
With one of a kind works of art, come one of a kind parts that need to be made. This is no easy task, nor a cheap one. So with the help of their Robo printers, GT-Moto is now capable of designing the parts they need in CAD and can print them off within hours. It’s this process they take that has saved them invaluable time and “more money than I care to know,” says George. With custom injection molded parts, you are required a minimum order quantity that just doesn’t scale to benefit custom motorcycle shops like GT-Moto, when they only need a single part.
This year, GT-Moto has upgraded their arsenal by getting the newest Robo R2 to print alongside their previous R1+. They have already been putting it to use with various prototypes for their newest build, seeing great success. “It’s so easy to use the R2 and get it printing. I send the print to the printer and occasionally check on it with the on-board camera while making dinner,” said Ross.
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