Cool design and pushing the envelope of manufacturing is everything in the custom motorcycle world. When Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and his lead designer, Joe Mielke, approached Invest Cast Inc. with this opportunity, we knew our process and people were a perfect fit. Klock Werks had come up with a unique idea with some distinctive casting needs to prepare their custom cycle for the 2014 Hot Bike Tour starting in Joplin, MO.
Paying homage to a 1918 side car style bike, Klock and Mielke wanted to create a one-of-a-kind look but they were very short on time.
“Brian and Joe came to us with this opportunity in early July. When we talked I knew the timeline would be short but let them know that if we had cad files by the second week in July, we’d have a great chance to getting them a tank, battery box, and a lid before month end. We did just that in less than ten days.” said Craig Walker.
Utilizing a cad file of the custom design by Joe Mielke, Invest Cast was then able to 3D print the parts on several of our SLS (selective layer sintering) machines starting the investment casting process the very next day.
According to Klock, Invest Cast’s rapid prototyping technology was the first time this type of process had been used to create a part for the custom motorcycle industry. Not only did this partnership help Klock Werks have the Board Track Bagger ready for the Hot Bike Tour, it also proved that designers can create cast parts, right here in the USA, to build “best-in-class” custom cycles.
We’re looking forward to more rapid prototyping and casting with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in the future!