World’s First 3D-Printed Electric Motorbike is Even Outfitted with Airless Tires [Photos]
By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory
Introducing the future of urban transportation — well, for daring eco-enthusiasts. Recently, the German manufacturing company BigRep unveiled its prototype for the world’s first fully 3D-printed electric motorcycle. And, it’s worth swooning over.
The “NERA” e-motorbike is sleek and features state-of-the-art technology. Designed by the company’s NowLab innovation department, the bike weighs just 132 pounds (60 kilograms).
“This bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will reshape AM (Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing) technology as we know it,” said Daniel Büning, co-founder and Managing Director of NOWlab, BigRep’s innovation department. “The NERA combines several innovations developed by NOWlab, such as the airless tire, functional integration and embedded sensor technology.”
CNN reports that all of the bike’s component, excluding the electronics, were 3D-printed in a laboratory. Essentially, anything that can be designed with customizable treads — including the flexible bumpers, seat, steering mechanisms, chest rest, and even the airless tires — can be 3D-printed.
Though you may be eager to take the NERA e-motorbike out for a spin, it will still be some time before it appears on the market. This is because it is in the prototype phase. However, it is apparent that the design is a game-changer for the future of 3D-printing and sustainable travel.
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“In building NERA, the engineers didn’t simply adapt existing motorcycle designs, but instead envisioned a bike for large-format FFF (a type of 3D printing) technology, setting a benchmark for truly creative design; breaking the limits of traditional mechanical engineering,” said Dr. Stephan Beyer, CEO and co-founder of BigRep.
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