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Addressing key challenges with the help of 3D printing.

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.
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One of Ducati’s key challenges is to reduce the 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 (fused deposition modeling) enables Ducati to build both concept models and functional prototypes from ABS, polycarbonate, and polyphenylsulfone.
“To keep Ducati at the forefront of engine design, we sought a technology that could make accurate, durable prototypes quickly.”
Piero Giusti, Ducati
Ducati factory.
“Prior to purchasing the [Fortus] prototyping systems, our service-bureau expenses totaled approximately 1 million euros per year. That was much higher than the cost of purchase, maintenance, and materials for the two FDM machines. Not only can we produce higher quantities of parts at a fraction of the cost, but we are also able to forecast costs for each project much more accurately.


“To keep Ducati at the forefront of engine design, we sought a technology that could make accurate, durable prototypes quickly,” says Giusti. “FDM was the only solution that could meet our requirements. The machines were as easy to install as a printer and they now constitute an integral part of our design and manufacturing process. Stratasys has demonstrated a real commitment to our business, and we continue to receive expert advice from them.


“If you want to win the race, it’s imperative to drive technological innovation throughout the organization. Our partnership with Stratasys has contributed to Ducati being regarded worldwide as an innovator in the field of motorcycle manufacturing.”
Ducati factory.
“Prior to purchasing the [Fortus] prototyping systems, our service-bureau expenses totaled approximately 1 million euros per year. That was much higher than the cost of purchase, maintenance, and materials for the two FDM machines. Not only can we produce higher quantities of parts at a fraction of the cost, but we are also able to forecast costs for each project much more accurately.


“To keep Ducati at the forefront of engine design, we sought a technology that could make accurate, durable prototypes quickly,” says Giusti. “FDM was the only solution that could meet our requirements. The machines were as easy to install as a printer and they now constitute an integral part of our design and manufacturing process. Stratasys has demonstrated a real commitment to our business, and we continue to receive expert advice from them.


“If you want to win the race, it’s imperative to drive technological innovation throughout the organization. Our partnership with Stratasys has contributed to Ducati being regarded worldwide as an innovator in the field of motorcycle manufacturing.”
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