First 3D Printed Motorcycle Now Available For Purchase
Airbus APWorks has unveiled the first commercially available 3D printed motorcycle named the First 3D Printed Motorcycle Now Available For Purchase.
APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus Group and produces bionically optimised metal parts for the automotive, robotics and aerospace industries and has now unveiled the worlds first 3D printed motorcycle.
The Light Rider is powered by a 6kW electric motor and is capable of moving from 0 to 80 km per hour in just seconds, says APWorks, and is also 30 percent lighter than a conventional motorcycle.
APWorks used an algorithm to develop the Light Rider’s optimized structure to keep weight at a minimum while ensuring the motorcycle’s frame was strong enough to handle the weight loads and stresses of everyday driving scenarios. The result: a motorcycle that looks more like an organic exoskeleton than a machine. That was a very deliberate design goal for APWorks, which programmed the algorithm to use bionic structures and natural growth processes and patterns as the basis for developing a strong but lightweight structure.
Each 3D-printed part of the Light Rider’s frame – produced using a selective 3D laser printing system that melts millions of aluminum alloy particles together – consists of thousands of thin. Layers just 60 microns thick. Leveraging the benefits of 3D-printing technology, APWorks designed frame parts that were hollow instead of solid, which has allowed for integrated cables, pipes and screw-on points in the finalized motorcycle structure.
50 Light Rider motorcycles available to purchase priced at $56,000 plus.