The world’s first 3D printed motorcycle
3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has recently taking the manufacturing world by storm. With these innovative manufacturing methods, companies are rapidly expanding the possibilities of production.
As these technologies continue to proliferate, we see more and more unique implementations of these additive manufacturing techniques.
One such implementation is an entirely 3D printed electric motorcycle made by Nowlab – the innovation lab and consultancy of German company BigRep. The first of its kind, the electric motorcycle is called the Nera Bike and is printed on BigRep’s large-scale 3D printers.
Every part of the electric motorcycle, including its frame, forks, seat, wheels, rims, and tires, is 3D printed (excluding its electrical components).
The 3D printed concept also features innovative design features such as airless tires, embedded electronics, a forkless steering system, and flexible bumpers that replace the traditional shock absorbing suspension units found in most motorcycles.
At this point in time, the Nera is only a concept meant to explore the possibilities of 3D printing technology.
The concept itself is brilliant and certainly sets in motion a new vision for 3D printed transportation; however, I would be terrified to ride this motorcycle. Judging by the short video produced on the bike, it looks extremely wobbly and unstable.
Riding this bike at high speeds on the highway would likely be disastrous, but again, it is important to remember that this is only a concept design meant to explore the wide-reaching possibilities of additive manufacturing.
That being said, I am eager to see this technology further evolve as time goes by. Who knows? Maybe in a few years’ time, we will all be riding 3D printed motorcycles.