World's first 3D-printed motorbike

A 3D-printing German company has just printed an entire bike, all the way down to the handlebars and tyres.

World's first 3D-printed motorbike

Berlin (dpa) - Things you can print: Your name, your payslip, and now, a motorbike. 

German firm BigRep says its NERA e-motorcycle is the first drivable two-wheeler made solely - with the exception of its electrics - by 3D printing (also referred to as additive manufacturing). 

From handlebars to seat and even tyres and rims, all 15 parts of the NERA were printed using only BigRep’s large-scale 3D printers, with the bike's special "airless" tyres among some of its more notable features. 

The designs "demonstrate the unprecedented capacity of large-scale 3D printing technology in additive manufacturing (AM)," said Stephan Beyer, CEO of BigRep.

The model illustrates the potentially revolutionary effect 3D-printing could have on automotive manufacturing in years to come. 

“This bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will reshape AM technology as we know it,” said Daniel Buening, co-founder and Managing Director of NERA designers, NOWlab.  

However, given the amount of time it takes to 3D print it, it is unlikely we will see the NERA go into production any time soon.