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Earlier this year, we were thrilled to tell the exceptional story of one man, his motorbike, and a half-century quest to replace a broken, unavailable, and essential part that was needed to get the bike back on the streets. To get the 1919 Harley-Davidson fit to ride again, Artec Space Spider was used in a simple but crucial scan that was able to capture and process the broken piece in high resolution and full detail – data in the form of a 3D model was then 3D printed to replace the part in question, creating a solution for this seemingly straightforward but previously inaccessible task.
And that was all it took: Next thing you know, a 100-year-old Harley is back on the streets, again!
And while the story is set in the Netherlands, where the bike is currently all set up and already roaring through the streets, the news traveled far and wide.
We’re especially excited about Quality Digest’s feature of this epic motorcycle, and a tale of how the newest technology brought an old bike back to life.
This storytelling wasn’t limited by language, either.
The German site AutoCAD wrote all about this special mission, too, which you can read about here.
We’re particularly endeared to this video, told from the perspective of the bike itself, and its long journey to find the missing piece.
As the story goes, the parts that we can no longer find, are now those that we can recreate – easily one of the best parts of 3D scanning and the solutions it provides.
Archaeologists working in South Africa’s “Cradle of Humankind” utilized a handheld 3D scanner during excavation & manual reconstruction to help safely piece back together an extremely rare hominid cranium from hundreds of unearthed fragments.
Essential for the ignition to start and the engine to run, the vintage motorcycle’s distributor cap was 3D printed from a 3D model of a legacy part scanned with Artec Space Spider.
With a background in computer games and a love for building cars, it didn’t take long for Chris Ashton to find his way into the 3D scanning world, combining both profession and passion.