by Taylor Kim July 08, 2017

Artist Jonathan Brand has taken 3D home printing to the next level with his life sized replica of the 1972 Honda C B500 Motorcycle. Although the motorcycle itself isn’t functional, it’s an impressive feat of engineering and creativity. Brand printed the replica in his home studio in Connecticut, after deciding that a 3D printed motorcycle was a safer and better way to spend his time.

the orginal 1974 honda CB500

In an interview with Mr Brand said: 'If you have a lot of money, you can get a pretty robust and reliable printer, but the material still seems to be a limitation.

'The biggest problem I've had is getting reliable quality printing materials in the US.

'I'd really like to experiment with a resin based printer, but for now it's just too expensive for the large scale work I'm doing.'


To build the motorcycle, Mr Brand used two Ultimaker 3D printers, alongside several computer programmes.The parts were each printed individually, with the printer ejecting plastic layer by layer to build up each piece.

He first created digital files detailing the dimensions of parts for the Honda CB500 using computer programmes.These included  Rhino, Netfabb, Geomagic, Kisslicer, 3D Studio Max and Adobe Illustrator.The parts were printed individually, with the printer ejecting plastic layer by layer to build up each piece.When printing, Mr Brand used more than 18kg of plastic, with certain individual pieces taking as long as 24 hours to complete.Each piece was kept to an extremely thin one millimetre depth to maintain its transparency.Mr Brand then undertook the painstaking process of assembling the entire bike, ensuring that all elements had life-like qualities, including real rolling wheels.The bike was created using 18 rolls of biodegradable corn plastic and weighs less than 20kg.

johnathan brand 3d printed replica motorcyle 1972 Honda CB500,

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