World’s First Fully 3D-Printed Electric Motorbike Even Comes With Airless Tires
Motorcycle gangs may soon be able to join the green energy revolution thanks to this sleek new form of transportation.
German manufacturing company BigRep recently unveiled its prototype for the world’s first fully 3D-printed electric motorcycle.
The “NERA” e-motorbike, which was designed by the company’s NowLab innovation department, only weighs a stunning 132 pounds (60 kilograms).
All of the bike’s components, excluding the electronics, were 3D-printed in a laboratory. That includes the flexible bumpers, seat, chest rest, steering mechanisms, and even the airless tires, which can be designed with customizable treads.
Since the NERA is simply a prototype, there is no definitive timeline for when it will be speeding down our local streets, but the design is apparently a game-changer for the future of 3D-printing and eco-friendly travel.
“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, according to CNN.
(WATCH the video below) – Photo by BigRep
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