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Additive manufacturing service provider Fast Radius and custom electric motorcycle startup Curtiss Motorcycle Company have partnered on the prototyping of an upcoming vehicle.
The Zeus 8, a “naked” hot rod bike with visible battery cylinders, was shown publicly for the first time last week. Hybrid additive and subtractive manufacturing methods were used by Fast Radius on over multiple components for the bike, putting it on track for commercial availability in 2020.
Curtiss - Mission - Rod - Motorcycles - Zeus
Founded in 2018, Curtiss is on a mission to ‘create sustainable, desirable, intergenerational, mean, clean, and green future-proof hot rod motorcycles.’ The Zeus is one of two introductory designs at the company, the other being the Hades that takes on a bullet-like structure. The original designs for both cycles are based on a construction created by company namesake Glenn H. Curtiss, former “fastest man in the world” who set an unofficial world record on a motorbike in 1907.
The chassis of the Zeus model is a weldment of 1.75” Titanium/Chromoly tubular and 6061 aluminum, giving lightweigthedness and support to the bike’s iconic battery arrangement. It has a wheelbase of 62”, ground clearance of 9.5” and seat height of 27.5”. Peak output of the Zeus is 217 HP, and it is currently being offered for an asking price of $75,000.
Printing - Demand
3D printing on demand
Exhibiting at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California, Curtiss required a Zeus 8 prototype to present at the show. Working with Fast Radius enabled the company to complete a solid prototype of the bike in time for the meeting last week.
Parts - Zeus
Many small parts of the Zeus 8 were...
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