3D printing is certainly nothing new. From shoes to eyewear, 3D printing has changed the game when it comes to design. But it’s yet to be ‘fully’ integrated into the automotive industry. That is until now. Take a look at the Nera by BigRep; the world’s first fully 3D-printed motorbike.
Looking akin to the Batmobile, the aptly futuristic Nera is billed as a ‘world’s first’ by German manufacturing company BigRep. And that’s because all parts of the Nera electric motorbike – excluding the electrical components – have been 3D-printed. We’re talking everything from the frame to the tyres.
The prototype motorbike was designed by BigRep’s innovation lab and was 3D-printed using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process, which uses a continuous filament of thermoplastic material through a moving, heated printer extruder head.
As well as featuring a fully electric engine embedded in the back rim, with the battery fitted within the bodywork, the Nera motorbike also features innovative solutions such as airless tyres, embedded sensor technology and flexible bumpers rather than the usual suspension. To finish things off there’s some embedded LED lights with 3D-printed reflectors too.
Though the Nera is only a prototype, Daniel Büning, Co-Founder and Managing Director of BigRep hopes “this bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will reshape am technology as we know it.” Find out more over at the BigRep Website.
Earlier this month Harley-Davidson has launched its first electric motorcycle. Named the LiveWire, the production-ready prototype is set to go on sale in 2019.