The L.A. Auto Show is, naturally, mostly focused on the realm of four-wheeled vehicles but there was one motorcycle displayed that caught our attention here on MO. Pictured here is the Dagger, a concept bike pairing a 3D-printed frame with a Kawasaki H2 engine.

The Dagger was produced by Divergent 3D for its display at AutoMobilityLA, the industry trade show aspect of the L.A. Auto Show. Divergent 3D is best known for its 3D-printed supercar called the Blade (which you can read about on our sister site, Autoguide.com) introduced in 2015.

The Blade’s chassis is made of 3D-printed nodes connected by carbon fiber tubing. The Dagger goes without the tubes, using just a 3D-printed carbon fiber frame. The frame has a similar shape to the H2’s trellis but with an oddly 0rganic, almost skeletal look.

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The fuel tank, bobber seat and likely the subframe appear custom made but the rest of the Dagger look like they came straight from the donor H2.

The Dagger isn’t intended to be a production vehicle. Rather, it, and the Blade before it, serve to illustrate the potential of 3D printing technology in vehicle manufacturing. Divergent 3D claims its manufacturing technique produces fewer emissions than traditional vehicle production.

  • Daniel Benjamin

    Shut up and take my money!

  • Gruf Rude

    Does it actually work?

    • Born to Ride

      In what aspect? Because if you’re asking about the viability of additive manufacturing processes such as laser sintering beds of powdered metal, as this frame was likely to have been manufactured, then yes, it works. If you are asking if this is a rideable motorcycle, I have no idea.

      • Gruf Rude

        Thanks; I know next to nothing about 3Dprinting and its present capabilities. The printers I have actually seen are small and produce pixilated 3D plastic models, useful for rapid-prototyping small parts. The idea that one could ‘print’ something as functionally sophisticated as a superbike frame is amazing to me. Now all I have to do is live long enough for the technology to become cheap enough for me to ‘print’ my own reverse-engineered Morgan 3-wheeler in the garage . . .

        • Born to Ride

          Well the frame is probably an aluminum alloy of a proprietary composition. You can’t print carbon fiber because as a composite, it can’t be extruded at high temperatures due to inherent properties of the material. Metal “printing” is different than the method that you see in Barnes and noble on the countertop. Metal printing requires a high powered and precise heat source capable of sintering powdered metals together in a bed as more powder is continuously added. It’s incredible technology but it is still in its infancy as far as financial viability goes. Also, I’m not familiar with the effect the process has on the mechanical properties of the alloy.

          • Gruf Rude

            The article says that the Dagger uses a “3D-printed carbon fiber frame.” Apparently this is different yet from the sintered metal process.

            I eagerly await my garage -size printer for $389.00 from Harbor Freight (with SuperCoupon).

          • Born to Ride

            I stand corrected, evidently carbon fibers can be injected into nylon as the printing process takes place, however they cannot be woven and aligned as you typically think of carbon fiber in epoxy resin laminate. My remark was regarding the carbon fiber tube reinforced alloy frame, as I do not see a polymer framed bike pictured. Also, I too eagerly await my Chicago electric sintering bed. This is the future.

  • allworld

    This really does demonstrate the future of 3D printing in manufacturing, don’t let Trump see this, he’ll build a wall around it.

  • Nathan Hughes

    “Fewer emmissions” like they can actually count the difference lol