We’ve been doing a lot of looking back at 2017 over the past few days, as the new year approaches. The coming of a new year, however, also involves a lot of looking ahead, and one of the first things to look forward to in 2018 is CES. The technological showcase is only a few weeks away, and companies are preparing to introduce their new products for the new year, some of which will become the most talked-about products of 2018. One company that has a lot to show off at CES is CRP Group. Along with US partner CRP USA and subsidiary Energica, the additive manufacturing and CNC machining company will be at Booth #8910 in the 3D Printing Marketplace at the LVCC.
Attendees will be able to see some examples of CRP and Energica’s products for aerospace and F1 racing. Energica was selected by Dorna as the single manufacturer for the FIM Moto-e World Cup, and is also the first Italian manufacturer of high-performance motorcycles. In 2016 the company debuted its Ego electric motorbike at CES, and as the bike goes into pre-series production, attendees at CES will be able to get an up close look at its 3D printed seats and dashboards. A finely tuned version of the bike will be used by teams racing in the FIM Moto-e World Cup.
CRP Group will play a critical role in the development of the new bike for the World Cup, lending its SLS, DMLS, and High Precision CNC Machining techniques along with its Windform composite materials to the Energica team as it carries out R&D for the tuned version of the Ego.
“We are proud to have been chosen by Dorna,” said Livia Cevolini, CEO Energica Motor Company S.p.A. “The passion for engines is what brought us here, to build new dream vehicles right at the beating heart of speed, Modena, the Italian Motor Valley. Our history comes from racing, our passion for this sector has never faded. FIM Moto-e World Cup is an excellent project. After all, it is what we hoped since our racing years, now it can be managed professionally thanks to Dorna and its unique and long-lasting experience.”
Energica will also be showcasing the Energica Eva and the new Eva EsseEsse9 motorcycles at CES.
CRP Group and CRP USA will also be showing off the Tundra-M, the functional prototype of Hexadrone’s first fully modular, easy-to-use drone. It’s designed for industrial and multi-purpose tasks, particularly in extreme weather conditions. The body and arms of the drone are manufactured from Windform XT 2.0 and Windform SP, carbon fiber reinforced composite materials. Originally developed for the motorsports industry, Windform materials are now being used for a wider range of applications that include drones and even art.
Speaking of satellites, CRP will also be displaying the TuPOD, the first fully 3D printed smallsat to be launched by the International Space Station. It’s also 3D printed from Windform XT 2.0 and is classified as a TubeSat, a longer form of the well-known CubeSat.
Last year at CES, CRP was showing off its smart golf club, and let us have a swing. CES 2018 is taking place in Las Vegas from January 9th through January 12th. 3DPrint.com will be there, and we’ll bring you all the latest news right from the show floor.
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