Designing and Testing High-Performance Motorcycles With KTM Motorsport Using 3D Scanning
Motorsport is my life. I was 13 years old when my father put me on a bike for the first time and then I was addicted. Our slogan is “Ready to Race,” and we are pretty much building bikes just for racing. But what we do over here, it’s a bit more special. The tolerances and the materials we use are much more close to the limit; they are usually quite expensive. 3D scanning? We use it basically every single day. We check the ergonomics of the bike, including with the rider, and we check the parts like the fairing or the swing arm to make sure they are built correctly. My role at KTM is scanning the whole bike. Also measuring the geometric parts and how it fits together. I’m also responsible for the chassis and the swing arm — if there are deviations after racing, after crashes. For us, the accuracy is the most important thing with the speed. You can put the parts in STL data to compare easily with the CAD data. Most of the time we use the MetraSCAN 3D here for the parts and the motorcycle, but we also use the Go!SCAN 3D; it’s very portable and you can bring it everywhere you want. I was one time at the Valencia racetrack. I’ve been there with the testing team. We tried to figure out where the deviation of the swing arm came from, between laps. We can draw conclusions really fast, right there on the racetrack. I want to work for my passion, and racing is my passion. So, I’m a pretty lucky guy!