3D Printing the Fat Boy Motorcycle
Few names are more iconic in the customised motorcycle world than that of Harley Davidson's (HD) Fat Boy model. The bike represents a significant piece of the American company's brand due to its popularity and representative value. The urban legend regarding its name states that it comes from a combination of the two names of the World War II atomic bombs, Fat Man and Little Boy. The celebrated Fat Boy model has its unique history, as the motorcycle is credited for single-handedly re-launching the U.S. motorcycle manufacturer when its market was dwindling and was facing foreclosure. In paying homage to this distinctive Harley Davidson bike, Maurizio "Mao" Casella returns with a 3D print your own Fat Boy motorcycle for admirers to assemble.
The Challenge of Creating a Printable Fat Boy Model
Casella has established his reputation in the 3D printable model world by creating an impressive collection of emblematic vintage cars such as the Fiat 500, the Shelby Cobra and the Ferrari F4300. These stunning and high-quality replicas of classic vehicles found in posters and showrooms throughout the world were created from web-based images to ensure accuracy. He continues to challenge his abilities by increasing the quality of his 3D printable representations, as well as the number of available designs.
To develop the unique Harley for a print your own Fat Boy motorcycle, the ingenious designer challenged his abilities by going one step further: Maurizio conceived and designed the Fat Boy model by himself. Designing, printing and building the Fat Boy was the designer's most exceptional challenge to date. Casella wanted to master the symbolic Harley's unique ride. Mao contacted Harley Davidson on their website to see if the company was interested in 3D printable models. He also submitted his model to HDs creative division to see if the company would be interested in promoting the replicas. The models either could be gifts for HD customers or sold directly to 3D printing fans.
Designing and Printing the Fat Boy Motorcycle
As Harley Davidson did not respond, Casella went the do-it-yourself route. The design process of the print your own Fat Boy motorcycle proved intricate for Mao. He began with the engine and the frame, maintaining a thoroughly similar style to the original model. The remaining parts of the Fat Boy were designed from scratch, as Maurizio was going for a customised replica that included a new tank, reverse steering, a monoseat and tail cut among the detailed features. The final tally of 3D components numbers an incredible 75 that are divided by colour in over 20 different .stl files. Although beginners might feel overwhelmed by the many pieces needed to build the Fat Boy miniature, Casella includes a thorough tutorial to help model enthusiasts assemble the final product.
For users who download the various files, the Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer streamlines the process to print your own Fat Boy motorcycle. Leapfrog's Simplify 3D software keeps alive the Fat Boy's urban legend through its accessible 3D printing.
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