The world of 3D printing is ever evolving, with a range of parts and accessories now available for two wheelers – and the latest development to emerge from BigRep’s Nowlab is a futuristic electric motorcycle that’s 100% 3D printed.
Called the NERA, the innovative electric motorcycle is 100% 3D printed, right down to its airless tires. Designed by Marco Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak, the motorcycle was 3D printed in fifteen separate pieces using BigRep’s large-scale 3D printers using ProHT, ProFLEX, PETH and PLA filaments through a 0.6 – 1 mm nozzle at a layer height of 0.4 – 0.6 mm. Clever stuff.
Nowlab’s Daniel Büning said: “The Nera combines several innovations developed by Nowlab, such as the airless tire, functional integration and embedded sensor technology. This bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will reshape AM technology as we know it.”
At this stage, sadly it’s only a design study; so we won’t be seeing the NERA on the road anytime soon – but it’s an impressive showcase of just what’s possible using 3D printing.
Of course, the advantages of 3D printing motorcycle parts are numerous; 3D printed can be made more quickly, more lightweight, and often in fewer pieces than traditional manufacturing methods are capable of. Admittedly, there are some 3D printed bicycles out on the road already, so it won’t be a huge surprise if 3D printed motorcycle soon follows suit – particularly now that Nowlab has shown what can be done.