By dint of Cybertruck, Blade Runner and various avant-gardes, the time for a new face is almost here. The natural progression of the design coupled with the rapid technological changes created the perfect breeding ground to show something different around.
This 3D printed electronic motorcycle has something of Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049. Black e-bike, this is its name, you may like it or not but it is an extraordinary and impressive demonstration of how far the fairly new process of large-scale 3D printing in vehicle manufacturing can go.
It is a fully electric motorcycle, perfect for building a sustainable future. As a leader in large-scale industrial 3D printing, NowLab (in this case the innovation division BigRep) helps build fully functional prototypes, and this is no exception. Nera E-Bike is a demonstration of where 3D technology is right now and where BigRep intends to take it in the future.
The Nera E-Bike has a number of features that go beyond its sleek 3D printed frame. The futuristic motorcycle has a number of revolutionary additions such as airless tires, built-in electronics and forkless steering. Black also includes lightweight diamond-shaped wheel rims and flexible bumpers in place of suspension. Even more impressive is that the only thing not 3D printed is the electrical components, which fit perfectly into the customizable case.
Daniel Büning, co-founder and CEO of the laboratory, perfectly describes Nera's vision: “this and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will redesign technology as we know it”.
It is good to remember that there are many automotive companies around the world that are looking into 3D printing as a possible manufacturing option.
The near future of the auto industry may be full of fully 3D printed cars and highly customizable motorcycles.