Check out pics and video of the first working motorcycle made entirely with a 3D printer.
The world’s first 3D-printed electric motorcycle looks as radical as it sounds.
Weighing in at just over 130 pounds, all components of BigRep’s Nera e-bike were constructed using the Berlin-based company’s large-scale 3D printers, except for its embedded electronics.
Project leaders Marco Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak of NOWLAB, BigRep’s innovation lab, showcased several of their out-of-the-box designs on the Nera, including airless tires, a fork-less steering system and a flexible bumper that replaces traditional suspension.
“The Nera combines several innovations developed by NOWLAB, such as the airless tire, functional integration and embedded sensor technology,” explains Daniel Büning, Co-founder and Managing Director of NOWLAB.
“This bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will reshape additive manufacturing technology as we know it.”