Conquest Carbon – Racing towards 2015 with Nicky Wilson 48, at the start of 2014, we agreed to support Nicky Wilson Racing (NWR), and to supplying the team with some of quality components available on our website. Associating Conquest Carbon with NWR who race in the Ducati TriOptions Cup on the new Ducati Panigale 899, was an ideal showcase for our products at the track.
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Inside Lieb Speed How To Manufacture Ducati Carbon Fibre Parts, carbon is a fascinating base, its applications almost no limits because of its excellent material properties and unique look.
Are you interested in what manufacturing techniques, we manufacture our carbon fiber parts? We’ll show you how.
Basis for making a carbon fiber component is a form (= tool). To produce a tool again a model / original model is required.
There are several ways to create models for motorcycles:
The usual method is an original part – eg a plastic wheel cover – to use it. Because the original model for producing a plurality of tools to be used, the making of a temporary tool is initially (usually made of GRP in the hand lay-up) is necessary.
This temporary tool then the master model is established, the further modified in a complex work process needs to be primed and painted.
Another widely used method for model fabrication and also to realize their own ideas and unusual design is the Modelliertontechnik. Here, right on the motorcycle with the modeling clay (also called Clay) models and then made as in the first method with a makeshift tool the original model.
In the professional production method (which we mostly use), the original model (constructed with a special program or be scanned) based on CAD data with a CNC milling machine from the block millable special plastic such as Ureol milled.
This method is the standard method of Formula 1 and Moto GP.
(CAD model of a clutch cover)
(Model production on 5-axis CNC milling machine)
When time is of particularly fast, a tool can be machined directly from an aluminium or epoxy block.
(Aluminium tool “Mirror Plates Ducati Panigale”)
The model of aluminium or epoxy now serves as the master model.
In order to withstand the extreme conditions but in an autoclave (3-7 bar pressure and 100-140 ° C temperature), the tools should either aluminum (is the handling larger workpieces bit difficult) to be built or even carbon fiber.
We use vacuum infusion process for making a carbon fiber tool.
This method is still relatively new (about 10 years) and was developed in the aviation industry. This method allows to build very high quality and very durable tools that withstand several hundred cycles in an autoclave without sacrificing quality.
However, the vacuum infusion process requires a great deal of experience. We work with because it is not only the best but also the unbedenklichste currently for health methods to produce a carbon fiber tool.
(Vacuum infusion of a front fender)
(Product made of carbon fibre)
For motorcycle component production, we exclusively to the autoclave process. For this purpose (prepreg epoxy prepreg carbon fiber fabric with =) are cut tailored blanks of different carbon fiber Prepreggeweben, which are then inserted, using a Laminierplans in the respective tool.
A complex component may consist of more than 50 different location blanks, so we number the items. The material-saving cutting ensures used for nesting software with us.
(Nesting software for optimized cutting material)
The created data (Cut-file) will be sent to our CNC cutter, which cuts the individual parts and features simultaneously.
The individual prepreg blanks are placed in a predetermined order (using the Laminierplans) by hand in the previously treated with mold release agent. Because the prepreg layers are processed to optimally only in a narrow temperature range, which takes place in an air conditioned room with us. Is it too cold, not stick the individual layers in the mold; it is too warm, they are very sticky and are then very difficult to process.
(prepreg layers in the tool)
Inserting the individual prepreg layers follows a so-called vacuum structure: On the fabric has a release film and a bleeder is placed the entire tool is packed in a vacuum bag which is hermetically sealed. The vacuum bag is connected to the integrated therein vacuum pump in the autoclave.
This can be continuously monitored during the curing process, whether the vacuum bag remains sealed, each component has its own vacuum hose.
The autoclave was sealed and the cycle is started. Each cycle lasts depending on the used prepreg material about 3 – 4 hours. In each cycle, a preset program controls the temperature and pressure conditions in the device.
After completion of the cycle, the tool is removed from the vacuum bag, the vacuum structure is removed and the cured carbon fiber component mold.
The outer contours still be trimmed and drilled holes as needed or milled air inlets on the components.
This is done on our 5-axis CNC milling machine, because only there an optimal accuracy of the components can be achieved.
Also for an apparatus must be built for each individual component on which it is fixed by means of vacuum. In addition, a program will be created also for each individual component. We use our Tebis CADCAM system.
If there are no CAD data of a component, we digitize the component contour with a 3D measuring arm directly from a pattern component.
(5-axis CNC milling machine in action)
After completion of the program on the CNC milling machine, the component is removed and trimmed manually.
If the respective component of several individual components or are still various mounts or metal bushings glued, hiking the parts in our department adhesive.
Here the carbon fiber parts with special 2-component adhesives bonded to a doser (special equipment that applies adhesives with programmable dosing volume). In order to obtain a very high dimensional accuracy and here we use quite often very specific arrangements made by us adhesive molds.
(Adhesive side panels Ducati Diavel)
After cleaning, the first quality control is performed before the component in our painting department shall proceed.
For painting the component is cleaned meticulously and the surface slightly rough; so last release agents are removed. We use this small, winding components wet blasting machine, large components are prepared by hand.
On a special paint wagon, the component runs in the paint booth. Here the clear coat is applied with a spray gun. We use an OEM paint (with car manufacturer approval) in gloss and matte finish.
The paint shop is one of the most important areas of our production. The coating not only serves to protect the component against environmental influences such as UV radiation and moisture, but also gives it this incomparable three-dimensional carbon look.
After drying, the painted parts, a further quality control, which eliminates nor any trapped dust. The latter are very rare with us; our professional paint booth with filtered air pressure prevents it reliably.
The Result is a high quality carbon fiber component that we have made with skill and experience and great technical effort accurately.
The device is ready to ship and will bring joy to our valued customers for many years.
Marc Marquez unhurt in practice crash, Marc Marquez suffered a scare on the opening day of practice for the Phillip Island MotoGP clash in Australia earlier today when he walked away unhurt from a tumble at the famous Lukey Heights section.
The Spaniard, who could clinch an historic first premier class world title on Sunday, fell on only his third lap in this afternoon’s FP2, but was fortunate to escape any injury.
Marquez was second fastest behind title rival Jorge Lorenzo this morning but lost the rear of his factory RC213V machine at Lukey Heights, which is taken in third gear at close to 95mph.
Marquez, who will be crowned world champion if he scores eight points more than Lorenzo in Sunday’s 27-lap race, said: “I opened the gas in the same place but when I tried to open a little bit more the rear slid out so aggressive, which normally doesn’t happen. But maybe I opened the throttle a little too much and now I know I cannot open more gas in that corner.”
Marquez might have escaped injury but the spill forced him to complete the session on his second RC213V and an experimental geometry setting meant he was only sixth quickest at the end of FP2 and over a second behind Lorenzo.
His best morning pace of 1.29.255 though still put him second on the combined timesheets and he added: “I was happy this morning but in the afternoon I crashed the number one bike and then bike two we tried a big change in the geometry to see what difference it would make.
“But I didn’t like the second bike and then there was no time to change the set-up. For tomorrow we know the way. I just need a little more stability in the front on corner exit.”
Source: MCN By Matthew Birt -MotoGP
A torrid weekend for Ducati in the Malaysian heat,
Early race mistake leaves Andrea Dovizioso finishing well down the order
“It was a very difficult race. I made a good start and tried to follow Smith but I made a mistake at turn 14 trying to pass him. You have to brake on angle and I lost the front. I tried to stay on the track but lost the rear so I had to pick up the bike but I was on the asphalt but it was very dirty and I almost crashed. It took me six corners to get the right side of the rear tyre clean afterwards.”
Like the rest of the field Dovizioso struggled with tyre wear problems and the significant drop off in grip of the rear tyre in the hot conditions. When a greasy track surface, due to the higher than expected track temperature, is taken into account it made for a very difficult race for Dovizioso.
After his near miss in the early stages Dovizioso settled into position behind fellow Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Iannone, both of whom retired.
“I had quite a big drop so I don’t know if they [Hayden and Iannone] had continued the race what sort of pace they could have kept. In these conditions it is difficult for us so the gap [to the front] was bigger. On this track nobody had grip so you need to use the bike differently. You need to make the speed in the middle of the corner and pick up the bike and make acceleration. With our bike we have to open the throttle on angle because the bike doesn’t turn in so we’re waiting and waiting and opening the throttle [gently].”
So what did happen to Nicky Hayden?
An engine failure during Sunday’s Malaysian MotoGP has left Nicky Hayden in a perilous position for the remainder of the 2013 season.
The American, who had switched to his freshest engine for today’s race, retired on lap eight with his Ducati smoking on the front straight.
When asked about the status of his engines for the rest of the year, Hayden said that the team needed to analyse the mileage but admitted that they couldn’t rule out starting from the pit lane at one of the remaining races.
“It was my freshest engine and it’s unfortunate. We just can’t catch a break at the moment. At Philip Island we’ll have to put in an older engine but it was already high mileage so it’s not good. Starting from pit lane [the punishment for opening a sixth engine this season] is a possibility but we’ll obviously look at what we have available.
“I’ve used all my engines so we’ll go back and see the mileage on them. I was hoping to get to the end of the season on these two engines. I know I’ve got one engine with some life but I don’t know if it’s enough to do three more races. I’d hate for it to be Philip Island to start from pit lane because it’s one of my favourite tracks.”
Hayden had made a strong start and was pleased with his early race progress having started the race from eleventh on the grid.
“It wasn’t a good day for us and it’s a real shame because this weekend we have gone better.”I messed up qualifying by riding too conservatively in the wet parts but I was fast in FP4 and was sixth in the warm-up and the closest I’ve been to the front in recent races. The race wasn’t going spectacular but it was better than the last ones and we were pulling away from Dovi and closing up on Smith when I had an engine failure.”
Hayden was given warning about his impending failure but having just come up close behind Bradley Smith he had some hope that the issue was with the Tech 3 Yamaha rider rather than his own machine:
“It was making some bad noises and I had just caught Smith at the last corner and I heard a noise. It was the closest I’d been to him in the whole race so I hoped that maybe it was his bike but when I opened the bike on the exit it was clear that it was smoking and the engine was done. We’ve looked at the engine but don’t have the tools to examine it fully so we’ll send it back to Bologna and see what happened.”
Could this be the end to Valentino Rossi in MotoGP? German media reported Friday that nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi will field a two-bike Moto3 team in the World Championship next season, with Italians Romano Fenati and Luca Marini as riders. Marini is Rossi’s half-brother.
Rossi reportedly has ordered two bikes from KTM and is seeking between sponsorship of approximately 1.5 million to 2 million euros for the team. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering the magnetism of the Rossi name and brand.
While Rossi has a contract to race for Yamaha through 2014, this move and the formation of his “46 Riders Academy” to cultivate young Italian talent proves he is thinking ahead to a life out of the seat. Rossi will be 35 next February, and 2014 will be his 19th consecutive season as a Grand Prix rider. The sun is setting on his riding career.
The “46 Riders Academy” is promoting and managing such young Italians as Fenati, Marini and Niccolo Antonelli as Rossi tries to stem the Spanish tide of World Championship domination.
Rossi said last month at Indianapolis and this week at Misano that he would not field a Moto3 team next year. But the German media report indicated Rossi has talked with IRTA about a spot for two bikes on the Moto3 grid next season and that he has made a provisional order with KTM for two bikes.
MotoGP News Bradley Smith happy to have future speculation ended Motorcycle Sport
Cal Crutchlow’s decision to join Ducati for 2014 has at least ended constant speculation about the MotoGP future of current Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith.
With Pol Espargaro signed for Tech 3 on a factory Yamaha contract for 2014, if Crutchlow had agreed to a new one-year deal with the French-based squad, then Smith’s position appeared in jeopardy, even though he is under contract for next season.
The Oxfordshire rider has always remained convinced that he had a future in Herve Poncharal’s Tech 3 squad after an encouraging first half to his rookie MotoGP campaign.
The 22-year-old has scored six top 10 finishes so far with a best of sixth in Catalunya and Sachsenring.
Lingering doubts about Smith’s future ended today (Friday) though after Ducati and Yamaha made a raft of announcements.
The most significant of which was a big money two-year deal for Crutchlow to ride a factory Desmosedici as 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden’s replacement next season.
Smith will now be partnered by Moto2 world title contender Espargaro and speaking to MCN from California during the MotoGP summer break, Smith said: “From my point of view, to be honest it has never been 100% in doubt. I am sure there were meetings where my name was getting the axe but in terms of to my face it was never in doubt.
“None of that worry or anything else was passed onto me and that’s the job of the team and my management to keep that well out of my ears. To cement my place now 100% and not have to worry is nicer than being asked the same old questions week in and week out and the allows me to focus on the rest of the season.”
He added: “Laguna wasn’t a lot of fun because every interview and every media debrief I did, the same old question was coming up. I think it is nice now that the whole Tech 3 team is not going to be constantly questioned and we can focus on doing a good job for the second half of the season.”
Despite constant rumour about his own future on a factory-supported YZR-M1 being in doubt for weeks, Smith told MCN he never got even slightly worried about being squeezed out of Tech 3.
The whole Crutchlow/Smith contract saga was further complicated by the fact that the same manager represents both.
Bob Moore has no doubt been involved in some tense and delicate negotiations over a period of weeks but Smith said: “Bob has done a fantastic job and I am sure there has been a lot of pressure and a lot of moments that he wouldn’t want to share with anybody.
“He managed the whole situation really well and I didn’t know anything about Cal’s situation or anything that was going on and I didn’t make it my business to know what was going on. He kept us completely separate and I am sure it wasn’t easy at certain points.“
Casey Stoner makes his return to MotoGP action, testing Honda’s 2014 machine at Motegi
The double world champion, who retired from MotoGP following the 2012 Valencia Grand Prix, has signed up for four test sessions with Honda to help develop next year’s factory and privateer versions of the RCV.
The plan for Tuesday had been for Stoner to re-familiarise himself with the 2013 machine in the morning and then test the new 2014 prototype in the afternoon, plus a few other test items.
Unfortunately, after just six laps the rain arrived and halted testing for the day.
“It was good to get back on the bike, if only for a few laps!” said the 27-year-old Australian. “We only managed to get one run in before the rain arrived which was a little disappointing.
“It was really nice to get that first run, it’s been nine months since I’ve been on a bike and it’s going to take me some time to get used to everything again!
“The bike and the track felt good and I hope that we can get some better testing in tomorrow with some dry track time and run some more laps.”
Cristian Gabbarini, Stoner’s crew chief at both Honda and Ducati, has also travelled to Japan for the test, which continues on Wednesday.
Honda has so far ruled out the possibility of Stoner – who has been competing in the support class of the Australian V8 Supercar championship – making a wild-card race appearance this year.
Stoner’s rookie replacement Marc Marquez currently leads the world championship by 16 points from team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
MotoGP: Cal Crutchlow leaves Yamaha to sign for Ducati
Cal Crutchlow will join the Ducati MotoGP team next season on a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old Briton replaces Nicky Hayden, who learned last month that he had lost his seat after five seasons.
Crutchlow has spent his MotoGP career so far with Yamaha’s satellite Tech 3 team.
Although he has had a highly-competitive 2013 season – taking four podium finishes and his first pole – he has been frustrated at times by the lack of equipment parity between Tech 3 and the works team.
He repeatedly expressed a desire to get into a factory team as soon as possible.
Despite major structural changes following its acquisition by Audi in 2012, Ducati continues to struggle for MotoGP form at present.
It has not won since 2010 and current factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Hayden have yet to mount the podium in ’13, with the Italian’s fourth in France the team’s best result.
Tech 3 is expected to recruit Moto2 title contender Pol Espargaro as Crutchlow’s replacement.
MotoGP leader Marc Marquez wins US Grand Prix DNA
Spanish rookie sensation Marc Marquez outduelled pole sitter Stefan Bradl to win the US Grand Prix for Honda on Sunday and stretch his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings to 16 points.
It was the second consecutive win and third of the season for the 20-year-old, who becomes the youngest rider to win back-to-back races in the premier class. The previous youngest was American ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer, the 21-year-old winner of the opening two races of the 1983 season.
Bradl, the first German to start a premier class race on pole in the modern era, settled for second and his first podium in MotoGP. Italy’s seven-times world champion Valentino Rossi completed the podium places after holding off Spain’s Alvaro Bautista to take third for Yamaha. “I could see that Marc had a good speed, he was behind me all the time,” said LCR Honda rider Bradl. “But anyway I am very happy with my first podium in MotoGP. “It’s a great result for me and also for the team.
“It was so important because the pressure was high and all the last weekend we were close to it. We knew we had the speed and now we jump on the podium and it’s so nice.” Marquez has 163 points to compatriot and team mate Dani Pedrosa’s 147 in the championship race. “I am very happy not for that moment but for the 25 points because that race was very important for me,” said Marquez.
“At that circuit I expected to be struggling a little bit but in the end we take 25 points. I am so happy.” The Honda rider also becomes the first rookie to win at California’s Laguna Seca circuit with its famed Corkscrew twisting turn. Marquez set up his victory with a daring pass on the Corkscrew, diving under Rossi and briefly leaving the track.
The inspiration for the move came to Marquez from watching video of the 2008 race, when Rossi pulled off a similar pass on Casey Stoner in the same part of the circuit. “I watched a video of him on Casey, I thought that was impossible to repeat but then when I tried to pass him in the braking point, he stayed there and I just released the brakes and I go in the same way that Valentino did in 2008,” explained Marquez.
After missing last weekend’s German Grand Prix with collarbone injuries, world champion Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa were both back in action on Sunday. Honda’s Pedrosa took fifth to keep his championship hopes on track while Lorenzo guided his Yamaha to a sixth place finish.
Nicky Hayden loses Ducati MotoGP seat for 2014
Nicky Hayden has confirmed that he will lose his Ducati MotoGP seat at the end of 2013.
The 2006 world champion has been a factory Ducati rider since ’09, when he joined from Honda.
Ducati has struggled in recent seasons and has not won a race since Casey Stoner’s triumph in the 2010 Australian Grand Prix.
Reports of a change in the rider line-up surfaced earlier this week, and Hayden acknowledged at Laguna Seca on Thursday that he would not be retained.
“I’m not coming back to Ducati in MotoGP. They’ve chosen to go a different way,” he said.
“Unfortunately these results the last few years haven’t been what we hoped. Nobody likes to get sacked, but that’s what happens.”
Hayden has only taken three podium finishes in his five and a half seasons with Ducati, the last of them at Jerez in 2011.
His last race victories came during his title-winning season in 2006.
2014 MOTOGP SEAT UNLIKELY
Hayden said he had options for 2014, but admitted they were unlikely to be in MotoGP.
“I really don’t know my future. I have a couple of things going, some interesting stuff,” he said.
“In MotoGP it doesn’t look so good. This is the biggest show in the world. MotoGP’s where my heart is. But I don’t just want to run around and try to get a point here or there.
“There are only so many seats in MotoGP. That’s tough. There are only 12 official bikes and most of them are spoken for.
“I’ll take in all the options, weigh them out, see which one I’m most excited about and see which one’s most fun.”
Ducati currently fields Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso as its works MotoGP riders, and placed Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone at the satellite Pramac team, only for both their seasons to be disrupted by injuries.