A European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus subsidiary, has unveiled in Germany an electric motorcycle that looks like swiss cheese on wheels made by a 3D printer that injected aluminum alloy particles.
It’s more than aluminum: it’s what APWorks calls “Scalmalloy,” which is a custom aluminum alloy powder with almost the specific strength of titanium that the company uses to build these unbelievable structures by fusing thin layers of the material.
Light Rider World’s First 3D Printed Electric Motorcycle
The vehicle is known as Light Rider, which weighs 77 pounds and can speed up to 50 miles per hour. The parts of the motorcycle’s frame are hollow inside cables and pipes.
As we mentioned earlier, it was manufactured by the subsidiary of a European aircraft manufacturer APWorks, which specializes in manufacturing layers of additives. The vehicle’s box weighs just 13 pounds, about 30% less than conventional electric bikes.
The Airbus APWorks says that the 3D-printed electric motorcycle will go up to 80km/h (50 mph), as we mentioned earlier, and can run from 0-45km/h within just 3 seconds, which keeps this 3D-printed electric motorcycle fully out of superbike territory. Moreover, think of this as a lightweight, street-legal runabout that looks unlike anything else on the road.
The chief of the Airbus APWorks, Joachim Zettler, said, “The complex hollow structure would not have been possible with conventional production technologies, such as milling or welding”.
Hence, the company takes orders for a limited edition of 50 3D-printed electric motorcycles only, and each of the 3D-printed electric motorcycles will cost $ 56.095, plus the tax. The new 3D-printed electric motorcycle has a cruising range of 37 miles.