Meet the World’s First 3D Printed Motorcycle
3D printing has been billed as the future of manufacturing. The revolutionary additive layering process has been used to create everything from board games to human prosthetics, and even cars. But so far, no motorcycles. That is, until now. APWorks, a German subsidiary of aviation giant Airbus, has recently created Light Rider—the world’s first 3D printed motorcycle. At its core, the Light Rider features an electric motor, which can propel the edgy electrified motorcycle up to a top speed of 50 mph, and along for a maximum distance of 37 miles. The company says only 50 of the 3D printed Light Rider motorcycles are to be built, and well… they aren’t cheap. More on that in a minute. RELATED: See More of the 2017 APWorks Light Rider
If its radical latticework frame looks like something you’d find in a biology textbook… you’re not far off. APWorks says the Light Rider was designed using “bionic algorithms.” The end result is a chassis that not only looks unique, but one that’s incredibly strong. The firm says its 3D printed using an aerospace-grade aluminum alloy they’ve coined “Scalmalloy,” which has a strength similar to titanium. That said, the entire bike only weighs 77 pounds.
The electric motor housed within its organically-inspired frame is a small eight horsepower unit, which cranks out a peak torque of 96 lb.-ft. of twist. While its top speed is only 50 mph, it does get there quite quickly; in fact, it leaps to 30 mph in just three seconds.
Should your battery power deplete while you’re e-riding around, the Light Rider features a swappable battery pack, which can be interchanged with a fresh pack in a hurry.
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So, the price? Get ready—a sizable $56,000 (€50,000). Then again, it is the first of its kind, and only 50 will be built. Either way, the company is accepting pre-orders now, and one can imagine they won’t stay available for long.
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