As a 3D printing company, we’d be crazy not to bring some of our own designs into reality. As humans, we’re continually encountering challenges in the way we live, work, travel, everything. You might have noticed innovation is one of our core values, and we put it to work devising solutions for all sorts of applications.


A few us frequently ride motorcycles and dirt bikes, and Ultimate 3D co-owner Mike Larkin has designed a variety of products to improve the riding experience. He started with a cell phone holder that can be mounted to the handlebars of a motorcycle, allowing him to record video of the ride or easily snap a photo without digging around for his phone.  This device was printed using SLS then dyed.


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Next, Mike created a solution for a dirt bike with a smaller gas tank. The original design is a simple reserve tank that mounts to the front of the bike and extends the fuel capacity by one gallon. Also printed using SLS, Mike mounted this tank to his two-stroke Yamaha YZ 250, which he often rides through the trails and backwoods of Oregon, including Bend, Newport, Pacific City, and beyond. Instead of running out of gas alongside riders who have larger fuel capacity on their bikes, Mike now rides as free as a bird, even ending his runs with extra fuel. A little innovation goes a long way.


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What would you make if you could create any product to make your life better? Let us know in the comments!


Want to know some of the best places to ride dirt bikes in Oregon? Try China Hat, Millikan Valley, and Christmas Valley in Bend, Sand Lake in Pacific City, Spin Reel in Newport,  Washougal, Portland International Raceway, Browns Camp, and Rogers Camp.