The world’s first 3D-printed and functional e-motorcycle, the NERA e-motorcycle, has been unveiled. The 3D printing company BigRep, says all NERA parts, excluding electrical components, have been 3D-printed, including tires, rims, frame, fork and seat.
The German company says the NERA’s other innovations are the airless tires with customized tread, a lightweight rhomboid wheel rim, as well as flexible bumpers (instead of suspension) and the electric engine, which is fitted in a customizable case.
“These exciting prototypes not only demonstrate the unprecedented capacity of FFF (first fully functional) large-scale 3D printing technology in Additive Manufacturing”, says Stephan Beyer, PhD, BigRep’s CEO.’They also emphasize our unique ability as the market’s innovation and thought leader to bring cutting-edge technologies from design to reality, providing an added-value market lead for our industrial customers.”
Daniel Büning, co-founder and Managing Director of NOWlab, which is the company’s innovation consultancy, adds: “The NERA combines several innovations developed by NOWlab, such as the airless tire, functional integration and embedded sensor technology.”
BigRep says that 3D printing reduces lead times and costs for the production of end-use parts.