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Old 12-09-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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MotoMinded - Clever products by Moto Minds.

MotoMinded LLC is a small but efficient company. Our passion is to imagine, design, produce and sell clever products from our moto minds. We are leveraging new technologies to be able to release products to market that could not be produced through traditional manufacturing methods.

We just launched the site www.MotoMinded.com





Our design & production studio has opened up a niche of products that fit between the one-off custom and high quantity production runs.
There is a slight trade off for now, our lead time. We create, package and ship products based on demand. We will try to keep ahead of orders and carry a little bit of stock for our popular products.
We have a small army of 3D printers. The Additive Manufacturing process (AKA, 3D Printing) is different than traditional manufacturing processes. Here are the major differences.

We do not have to commit to creating a plastic injection die for every design. I do not have to stick with a single design with a high quantity production run.
We can react quick to our vendors and bike manufacturers yearly design changes.
There is very little waste with the Additive Manufacturing process. We recycle our ABS plastic prototypes.
We do not have to operate and maintain very expensive CNC machines.
The surface of our plastic parts are not perfectly smooth. This is due to how our printers build and how fast we run the machine to produce the part. The support frames that are structural and not easily seen when mounted on the bike. These have a rougher finish than our bezels. Bezels are aesthetic so we create these at a much slower speed.


We are Locally Minded
  • Our goal is to source US vendors and supplies made in the USA whenever we can.
  • Our 3D Printers are made in Loveland, Colorado by www.lulzbot.com
  • We purchase plastic from US suppliers when we can.
  • Chris Vestal, our founder and president, is sharing knowledge gained in our new process to the 2 local groups he has formed and runs in Colorado Springs. 3D Printing Community & Maker Community

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Old 12-09-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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Subscribed. Maybe down the road you can develop a universal mount that will fit my 09 DRZ? Very nice stuff going on here.
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:14 PM   #3
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Subscribed. Maybe down the road you can develop a universal mount that will fit my 09 DRZ? Very nice stuff going on here.

My goal is to have a LED solution for every dirt bike out there lacking the need for proper off-road lighting.
We are working with more LED manufactures & bike models now. The designs will follow demand.
Here is what is on the bench now.



We also have the new BD Squadron XL. HOLY COW is this big. Not for everyone, but it will be fun to come up with a design for those courageous enough to bolt this photon emitter to their ride.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #4
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Thanks Chili White and Enduro 360 for our first write up!
http://www.enduro360.com/2013/12/11/...ht-mount-kits/

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Old 12-11-2013, 06:27 PM   #5
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Sweet!
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DR650, DRZ-400/KLX-400 and the DRZ250 all use the exact same headlamp and shell.

That's amazing you guys are producing 1 at a time 3D printing parts for this.
Perfect technique for the small scale mfg.
How is the strength compared to injection molded plastic parts?

Your printer link is not linked properly:
http://www.lulzbot.com/
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up on the link. I fixed the first post.
The production is not one at at time. Here is a short video of a couple of my printers in action. Watching these live it is easy to get caught in a trance watching them. Different shapes/arcs/fills make different sounds from the stepper motors. Parts with large radii sound like birds singing.

With the large nerd community behind this technology, it is no big surprise that someone has already programmed a tool path that plays the Star Wars theme song. This program does not print anything BTW, just programmed to re-creat the song.


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Sweet!
DR?
DR650, DRZ-400/KLX-400 and the DRZ250 all use the exact same headlamp and shell.

That's amazing you guys are producing 1 at a time 3D printing parts for this.
Perfect technique for the small scale mfg.
How is the strength compared to injection molded plastic parts?

Your printer link is not linked properly:
http://www.lulzbot.com/
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #7
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Make with the Star Wars!!!
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:27 PM   #8
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cool. i'd guess you stay busy doing other things vrs staring and waiting for each one to finish.

at what sales point is it more $ effect to have them injection molded?
is it cheaper now to create molds with this technology available as you can print the final part and then reverse cast the mold.
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Imperfections in the part would make using them as a plug not viable.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:10 AM   #10
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:53 AM   #11
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Teaser picture of the nearly finished Husky LED bracket for the Squadron.

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We also have the new BD Squadron XL. HOLY COW is this big. Not for everyone, but it will be fun to come up with a design for those courageous enough to bolt this photon emitter to their ride.
[IMG]http://cvestal.smugmug.com/photos/i-f6pfvm7/1/L/i-f6pfvm7-L.jpg[/ IMG]
Any luck with the XL in a KTM mask yet? I'm toying with the idea of LED on my XC-W as I'm tired of replacing questionable bulbs. From what I see of the pictures, I like your solution much better than what BD came up with.
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Hello thetable.
It is high on the list. Check back in a couple weeks.
I am finishing this bracket up as a special request for Rigid Industries.




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Any luck with the XL in a KTM mask yet? I'm toying with the idea of LED on my XC-W as I'm tired of replacing questionable bulbs. From what I see of the pictures, I like your solution much better than what BD came up with.
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I had a Rally Moto kit made by Chris and it was amazing. Great attention to detail and durable. Having talked to Chris and owning his other products he is passionate about the sport and keeping his customers happy! I'll be picking up one of these for the CRF450X when they are ready.
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:53 PM   #15
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I had a Rally Moto kit made by Chris and it was amazing. Great attention to detail and durable. Having talked to Chris and owning his other products he is passionate about the sport and keeping his customers happy! I'll be picking up one of these for the CRF450X when they are ready.
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