The World’s First 3D-Printed Motorcycle Is Here
Check out pics and video of the first working motorcycle made entirely with a 3D printer.
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.”
As New Atlas notes, the Nera wasn’t created for the retail market and performance specs haven’t been released.
Fortunately, you can still the futuristic ride in action in the video above.