Thursday 12 March 2020 | British Motor Museum | Gaydon

Make Measurement Matter exhibitor delivers comfier ride for motorcyclist

When a potential customer approached Manchester Metrology for help in making his motorcycle a comfier place to be, the company turned to its latest generation of measuring and prototyping equipment to provide a speedy, aesthetically pleasing and durable solution.

Rider Colin McAndry, like many sportsbike owners, sought to ease the pressure on his wrists when riding his machine, and so to take a little weight off them he designed himself a comfort pad to fit against the tank on the bike.

Armed with his rough prototype he became aware that GTMA Member Manchester Metrology offered facilities to both accurately measure it in all axes, and then reproduce it professionally using a state-of-the-art prototyping machine. So he took it to the Ashton-under-Lyne experts for appraisal – and walked out with a brand new finished product ready to fit to his Honda Fireblade. 

Manchester Metrology’s Daniel Haughton observed “We needed to provide Colin with a product that looked good (because it is so visible on the machine), worked well, was comfortable and which was also durable enough to last a lifetime in an outdoor environment”. The company chose to utilise one of its latest prototyping machines, the Mark 2 3D printer manufactured by Markforged, to create the prototype.

“The advanced Mark 2 3D printer is one of the latest advancements in 3D printing technology created by Markforged” continues Daniel. “It is an industrial grade 3D printer which uses materials that no other 3D desktop printer can, such as Carbon Fibre, Fiberglass and Kevlar. Printing a part to be flexible or strong is easy and intuitive. It offers almost limitless possibilities across so many industries including aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, construction, marine and transport. It is also ideal for a manufacturer seeking to produce high-strength end-use parts and prototypes” he concluded.

Entry to the Make Measurement Matter event, organised in association with the GTMA, is free of charge by pre-registration. The show takes place at the acclaimed British Motor Museum on 12th March next year: the venue is located adjacent to the Aston Martin and JLR plants south of Warwick and just 1 minute from the M40. There is abundant free parking, and for visitors arriving before 1030, a free bacon roll and brew too. Tea and coffee is provided free of charge all day at the event, and pre-registered exhibition visitors can also visit the superb British Motor Museum, with almost 300 fascinating cars on show, free of charge too (standard adult entry fee otherwise is £14.50).