3D Rapid Prototyping
Want to get more Horsepower out of your torque monster?
KPMI® has integrated the use of 3D rapid prototyping technologies into the many aspects of design process. This technology allows KPMI® engineers to almost instantaneously create working plastic prototypes of designs that can be used to check fitment, clearances and design validity.
Before a design is complete, test valves are made with different tulip profiles and each design is flow tested on our FlowData 700 computerized flow bench to optimize airflow characteristics for that application. This often leads to improvements not only in flow characteristics, but in weight reduction as well.
When it comes to testing our product, KPMI® does not hold back. We pride ourselves in supplying the consumer with a product that works right the first time, keeping this in mind when it comes time to test, KPMI® looks at every aspect of the design under several different criterion. The springs are brought to failure under fatigue testing and shake table dynamics, whereas the heat-treated materials are destructively tested to insure that they did not become brittle during the manufacturing process; we do not, however, stop there. When we are sure that our product lives up to the name, we go one step further and supply the product to our test riders to see how it performs under real world riding conditions. Only once all of this information has been compiled and we are sure that the product is ready for sale, is it released to our vast network of world-wide dealers and distributors.
Utilizing the advances in power, speed, and user interface of modern software, KPMI® employs an arsenal of software programs to plan, design, simulate, fabricate and test all aspects of development and production.
3D Modeling/FEA: Every KPMI® component is designed using the latest in 3D modeling technologies, allowing KPMI® engineers to assemble entire valvetrain systems virtually to verify fitment and clearances. Once assembled, each system is subject to a rigorous Finite Element Analysis (FEA) that allows KPMI® engineers to validate designs and isolate areas of stress concentration. This FEA analysis ensures that KPMI® parts are both light and strong enough to stand up to the rigorous environment inside a modern racing engine.
Valvetrain Simulation: Once a KPMI design has been modeled and refined the entire system is simulated using valvetrain simulation software. This allows KPMI® engineers to “tune” each system to ensure that it will work harmoniously in the engine.
Spring Design: Each of KPMI’s valve springs are designed using advanced spring design software that allow KPMI® engineers to balance designs for the perfect blend of performance and longevity.
For 80 Years KPMI® has continued to be at the forefront of innovation, manufacturing, and engineering of high- performance valvetrain. KPMI® is constantly investing in new technologies in order to maintain our position as one of the foremost authorities in valvetrain development.