A worn valve cap in the middle of the Icelandic ice desert, a gear lever broken off in the depths of the Brazilian jungle or a split oil sump in the hamada: this kind of problem often leads to a lengthy interruption if not the end of a motorcycle tour or a long-distance trip on two wheels.
For this reason, BMW Motorrad will be offering BMW Motorrad iParts as an optional equipment item from this summer. This is a 3D printing system which will allow BMW Motorrad dealers and customers to print out spare parts as required on site so as to be able to continue their journey as quickly as possible.
The BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer was most recently exposed to extreme conditions in the Australian outback, for example. Even at peak temperatures of plus 48 °C and with high volumes of dust, the replicated parts equalled their conventionally manufactured counterparts in all respects.
The BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer was also subjected to extreme cold in the Antarctic. The market launch of the new optional equipment item BMW Motorrad iParts and the BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer will be in September 2018.