BigRep has revealed the world’s first 3D-printed electric motorcycle with groundbreaking features like airless tires, embedded electronics, and forkless steering. developed by marco mattia cristofori and maximilian sedlak, part of the german manufacturer’s innovation lab and consultancy NOWlab, nera features fully 3D-printed parts such as tires, rims, frame, fork, and seat, excluding only electrical components.

BigRep reveals 'nera', the world’s first fully 3D-printed electric motorcycleall images courtesy of NOWlab / BigRep GmbH

 

 

‘the nera combines several innovations developed by NOWlab, such as the airless tire, functional integration and embedded sensor technology,’ explains daniel büning, co-founder and managing director of the lab. ‘this bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will reshape am technology as we know it.’ for now, the motorcycle has only been launched in the form of a prototype as part of BigRep’s research into the potential of 3D printing.

 

 

 

 

in building nera, the engineers didn’t simply adapt existing motorcycle designs, but instead envisioned a bike for large-format FFF technology. among the many innovations featured in nera are the airless tires with customized tread; a lightweight rhomboid wheel rim, as well as flexible bumpers (instead of suspension) and the electric engine, which is fitted in a customizable case.

BigRep reveals 'nera', the world’s first fully 3D-printed electric motorcycle

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: nera e-motorcycle

lead design: marco mattia cristofori with maximilian sedlak

concept and direction: daniel büning, co-founder and managing director of NOWlab

dimensions: 190cm x 90cm x 55cm

weight: approximately 60 kg (including electric motor, battery, and all components)

total number of 3D-printed parts: 15

biggest single 3D-printed part: 120cm x 45cm x 20cm

 

  • While it might be a personal achievement to 3D-print a motorbike, it is clearly no quality in itself. It is obvious that things can be 3D printed for two decades now. The design of this bike seems random and chosen with no purpose in mind beyond radical styling. This however has already been explored by the Low Res United Nude project by Rem Koolhaas years ago.
    Combining the two (meaningless design and proving a point which has already been proven) in fact does not promote rapid manufacturing positively to a wider audience, but pushes it even further in the odd corner for many. What a wasted opportunity!

    Oliver Neuland says:
  • Mmm, looks real comfy & stable….

    littlecog says:
  • It looks decidedly uncomfortable, It may resemble a racing position but how would you fancy sitting like that for any longer than a photo shoot. The designer surely has little personal experience of motorcycling.

    James Fleming says:
  • The next step would be to distribute the (protected) digital files to companies worldwide where the motor bike can be 3D printed locally. Imagine the cost savings on transport, inventory, quick repairs, spare parts on demand, and the total cost of the motor bike itself. I see a lot of opportunities!

    Tessa Blokland says:
  • What if there were a place on earth where super arty people, technical nerds and people with
    lots of experience in motorcycle riding would meet and chat over a cup of coffee on a daily basis? Preferably having their occupation on the same floor of the building. Might produce some interesting results sooner or later.

    Johan Holmberg says:

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