Newsletter January 2020

January 31st, 2020|

A new year, a new decade! We are going into the production phase at full throttle and we are already making great progress!

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Newsletter December 2019

January 7th, 2020|

The end of the year 2019 also means the end of our design phase! After four months of hard work the design of the bike is now finished and ready for production!

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Newsletter November 2019

December 3rd, 2019|

Getting closer and closer to the end of the design phase next month, November was a month of preparation and finishing up.

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Newsletter October 2019

November 1st, 2019|

October we had our first big milestone: the technical presentation. We presented our design to partners and older team members and received great feedback!

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Newsletter September 2019

October 2nd, 2019|

September our newest team started the season working hard towards a brand new electric superbike. With a layout for the bike set this month we already started designing the components.

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Electric Superbike Twente makes use of K3D’s additive manufacturing for high performance cooling shell

April 15th, 2019|

In order to keep the brand new electric motor of Electric Superbike Twente at ultimate performance temperature, it will be provided with a metal 3D printed cooling shell, produced by K3D.

April 15th, 2019, Enschede, The Netherlands –  Together with K3D, Electric Superbike Twente has developed and produced one of the first 3D metal printed components for the racing industry. The electric motor of the second generation superbike will be water cooled, just like the first superbike that was produced by Electric Superbike Twente in 2018. “The cooling shell of the first superbike consist of multiple parts, which were quite hard to produce, using conventional production methods like turning and milling. For these production methods, lots of material was needed and therefore the end product turned out to be quite heavy.” said Feitse Krekt, Technical Manager of this years Electric Superbike Twente team. “Also the cooling performance was somewhat disappointing. Because of the turning process, the wall thickness needed to be higher than optimal, and we were unable to cool the electric motor as efficient as possible. Therefore we had less power than desired and sometimes needed to slow down to not overheat the electric motor.”

Because Electric Superbike Twente constantly wants to innovate and stay at the top of electric racing, they are designing, developing and building a brand new superbike. “With this years, second generation superbike we wanted to optimize and redesign as much parts as possible. We saw that the cooling shell could be improved a lot by making use of additive manufacturing, for its advantages in functional integration and light-weight production. When looking for a production partner, we found K3D.”

“We were contacted by Electric Superbike Twente in the early stage of their design phase, which gave us the opportunity to guide them in their design for additive manufacturing” said Jaap Bulsink, CTO of K3D. “We are very experienced with 3D metal printing and are always looking for opportunities to share this knowledge, especially when we are able to do so in such an awesome project as building an electric superbike.”

Because the part could be specifically designed for 3D printing, the options were limitless. Bulsink: “The part has an optimal cooling performance due to the thin walled design with internal channels on the right spot. This was only possible with 3D metal printing where you have optimal freedom of design. On top of this the part had been designed for minimal weight. The part was printed first time right and is very accurate and can be used directly without any postprocessing.”

The uniqueness of this 3D metal printed part also lies in the dimensions. “We have seen more cooling shells for race applications that were made with additive manufacturing, but these parts were at least 4 times smaller.” adds Bulsink.

Now that almost all parts for the new superbike are produced, the superbike will be assembled. After that, the team will test its brand new masterpiece, including the cooling system. “With innovations like this, it is always exciting to see if and how it works out, but we are already convinced that this 3D metal printed cooling shell is an utter most awesome piece of technology” concludes Krekt.

The new superbike of Electric Superbike Twente will be revealed at the 24th of May, at the Kinepolis in Enschede.

Newsletter May 2020

June 2nd, 2020|

We have finally revealed the Apex-RS, our new third generation electric superbike! The next step is testing so we are ready to race in (hopefully) fall 2020!

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Newsletter April 2020

May 6th, 2020|

The superbike is ready for the reveal! We are proud of the result in these troubling times and we can’t wait to show it on May 15!

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