The Material – Aluminium Alloy 1050a (No Relation!)
The material is available in different levels of hardness, determined by the tempering process during manufacture. For the Enigma 1050 bodywork, Terry used both quarter hard and half hard grades in 2mm thickness.
|Chemical Element||% Present|
|Melting Point||650 °C|
The table shows the chemical composition of 1050a Aluminium alloy. Aluminium is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust and accounts for 8 per cent of the weight of the Earth’s surface.
Choice of Method – A matter of Cost, Time and Philosophy
The bodywork and tank are modelled in clay first. When the modelling is complete, moulds are made from the clay master. Cost? Somewhere in the region of £10,000. It’s a fascinating process (have a look here) and one which is widely used in the motorcycle industry. For ENIGMA 1050 though, we decided that it was too costly, too time consuming and at odds with the philosophy of the project.
Above: California based British designer, Glynn Kerr, working on the clay bodywork model for the Fischer MRX motorcycle. This is the usual method but we chose a different route for ENIGMA 1050.
The Enigma Method
Our method is cheaper, faster and produces the same result. We used Terry Hall’s design and metalworking skills to manufacture the petrol tank and the bodywork for ENIGMA 1050.The alloy bodywork will be used to make moulds for grp and carbon fire components.
We can automate the tank construction by having dies made for metal pressings at a later date if we need to.