Motorcycle Maker Accelerates Engine Design with FDM Prototyping

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing and racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engines, innovative design and advanced engineering. The company has amassed a string of World Superbike Championships on the track, and it offers some of the most sophisticated bikes on the road.

One of Ducati’s key challenges is to reduce time-to-market for new products by reducing the design cycle. To help meet this challenge, the entire design process is validated using FDM prototyping systems from Fortus. FDM enables Ducati to build both concept models and functional prototypes from ABS, polycarbonate and polyphenylsulfone.

The Desmosedici motorcycle.

The Desmosedici motorcycle.

“To keep Ducati at the forefront of engine design, we sought a technology that could make accurate, durable prototypes quickly.”

Piero Giusti, Ducati