Tarform is a startup and aspirational brand that specializes in motorcycle development by embracing new technologies like 3D printing while using environmentally…Read more
Tarform is a startup and aspirational brand that specializes in motorcycle development by embracing new technologies like 3D printing while using environmentally friendly materials. Their vision is quite simple, creating innovative motorcycles based on emerging trends while at the same time meeting their customer’s need. And this is exactly what they achieved with Formlabs’ and Twikit’s collaboration for handlebars.
Before we can elaborate on this successful partnership and amazing case, it’s important to give some further information about how it was possible for Tarform to pursue both the visions of their company as the vision of their customer. And after this introduction it probably won’t be a surprise that Twikit and Formlabs are the two key components in achieving this.
As a company we understand that our clients have their customer’s best interest in mind. By making everything more personal the relationship of trust will increase which makes their customer even happier. Therefore our company, Twikit, specialized in making software that enables advanced individualization on any (product) part by manipulating ergonomics and patterns but also other product features like size, color, text… Software that enables both the client and company achieving their needs, which clearly appealed Tarform to design and create collaboratively some more unique motorcycles. And because of the importance of the personal contact/aspect we, as a team, decided to focus on customizing the motorcycle’s handlebars that provides a higher and more unique contact between the biker and the motorcycle itself.
For the implementation/realization of these limited rubber handlebars Tarform relied on the expertise and high-quality 3D printers of Formlabs. And surprisingly enough 3D printing allows Tarform to pursue their sustainability in a different and yet again unique way. No more need for mass production but only for limited amounts and materials that are very strong and long-lasting.
How it works.
In the Twikit software platform, the customer can make adjustments until he is satisfied with his created design. This customization experience can be experienced on both smartphone and desktop.
The desired and final product, is saved as a 3D file and will be exported to a STL file which will be sent afterwards to one of Formlabs’ 3D printers.
To shape the final product, Formlabs uses flexible resin (rubber), also known as an elastomer, that allows for bendable/compressible parts to be printed on any Formlabs printer.
When this is all set, the actual production can be set in motion.
After production the product is ready to use, and the customer’s unique experience can get started.