Nera: the world’s first fully 3D-printed motorcycle

Like a vision out of a futuristic sci-fi blockbuster comes the Nera, the world’s first fully 3D-printed motorcycle. Designed by German manufacturing company BigRep, the bike is the first instance of 3D-printing being used in motorcycle production. Formerly, 3D-printing has a highly innovative and appealing method that has been used in varied projects. Architects and designers have used it in housing, steel bridges and models of anatomy. 3D-printing has also been used to create inflatable structures fo car interiors.

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Now, the sleek Nera motorcycle boasts a magnificent structure, where all parts excluding electrical components are completely 3D-printed. The tyres, fork, seat, frame and rims are all printed, using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process. This process involves thermoplastic material being continually fed through a moving, heated printer.
These innovations have resulted in a 3D-printed motorcyle that has a fully electric, fully functional engine. In addition, the bike features a battery fitted within the body, airless tires, sensor technology and flexible bumpers. The vehicle also features forkless steering, LED lights and structures built for load-bearing.
“Nera illustrates the massive benefits that 3D-printing offers for the production of end-use parts, particularly for batch sizes between lot size one [small quantities manufactured in a single production run] to small series, by reducing lead times and costs, optimising supply chains and limiting dependency on supplier networks,” stated Nera’s manufacturer.
[Image: BigRep]
“In building Nera, the engineers didn’t simply adapt existing motorcycle designs, but instead envisioned a bike for large-format FFF technology, setting a benchmark for truly creative design; breaking the limits of traditional mechanical engineering,” said BigRep.
The motorcyle was designed by BigRep’s Marco Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak. As part of the firm’s innovation lab, it was built to display the full breadth of possibilities that new materials and techniques could offer the world. Currently, it cannot be purchased.

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