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Unique 3D-printed e-bike proves the future is here

But, there is one catch... Hopefully, it won't run out of ink...

1y ago

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A German 3D-printing company had shown the future is now, with a full functioning, printed electric motorcycle.

NOWlab, which is the development and innovation consultancy for BigRep Printing, has created a one-off bike called NERA - the purpose of this being to show that is is possible to make an electric motorbike from 3D-printed components. The only parts that aren't printed are the electric components.

The whole NERA bike is printed in 15 parts, the rims and airless tyres that flex with rhomboid and triangular shapes - damn, Maths be crazy. The structure of the bike's frame and body is based around the idea of triangular shapes being strong and resilient. Somewhere in that body the battery is hidden and the engine is housed in the back wheel rim...

It's a shame really, as this is the only one ever made, it was done just to prove it was possible. More of a shame, I would have bought one. Would you?

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Comments (12)

  • I've always feared this.... Personally, I like a car that's built by men in a small factory in a small town, not some 3-D printed nerd car/bike.

      1 year ago
  • What I don't get is none of these electric vehicles have a method of roadside recharge method, like a set of bicycle pedals? or and use of solar energy to speak of?

      1 year ago
  • I'm really puzzled why 3D printing is such a big thing. It's like someone saying "blockchain". It is just one way to make stuff, which is good for some things and bad for others. The results aren't that amazing, but it just seems to be a buzzword at the moment.

    Now, the bike does look cool, but that has nothing to do with being 3D printed...

      1 year ago
  • I love the suspension! What a great idea.

      1 year ago
  • I like it. Not sure I'd choose it over a petrol motorcycle though.

      1 year ago
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