We all know what 3D printing does these days, but not all of us understand the machinations that come with actually using the technology for our personal use. New York-based artist Jonathan Brand doesn’t qualify as most people in this instance.
While the rest of us lament about the potential of 3D printing in our lives, Brand actually goes a step further and used the technology to fulfil a lifelong dream of his.

See, Brand has always wanted his own motorcycle, but “life’s circumstances” (his words, not ours) has prevented him from getting one. So instead of actually buying one, Brand decided to just make one for himself. That’s where 3D printing comes into the picture.
In this video by Ultimaker, Brand highlights the tedious work that comes with building a life-sized, plastic replica of a 1972 Honda CB500. Using only 18 rolls of plastic, a creative mind and a steely determination, Brand set about building his dream bike, piece by piece.

The work was laborious, to say the least. It involved creating one panel after another, each measured to scale so he could put the pieces together like some kind of 3D puzzle. It took him quite some time to get the job done, but the result is nothing short of incredible. Every nook and cranny of the bike was meticulously created to look like the real thing.

Brand still has some time to save up for an actual bike, but what he created with 3D printing may end up becoming a lot more valuable than the real thing.

Check out the video and see how Jonathan Brand created this incredible 3D-printed 1972 Honda CB500.

Who knows, you might get inspired and try to build one yourself. Or not.


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