World’s First Fully 3D-Printed e-Motorcycle Includes Airless Tires1 min read

3D-printing company BigRep has unveiled a new era of electric motorcycle called ‘NERA’ that’s fully 3D-printed—save for its electrical components—such as the tires, rims, frame, fork and seat.

Although ‘NERA’ is currently unavailable for sale and serves as an example for BigRep to showcase its portfolio plus manufacturing capabilities, who knows where this innovation will lead further down the road?

NERA’s makeup was printed in 15 pieces with help from BigRep’s in-house NOWLAB. Its electric engine sits inside the motorcycle’s back rim, while its battery lies snugly within the carrier’s body.

“The ‘NERA’ combines several innovations developed by NOWLAB, such as the airless tire, functional integration and embedded sensor technology,” explained Daniel Büning, NOWLAB’s co-founder and managing director. “This bike and our other prototypes push the limits of engineering creativity and will reshape AM technology as we know it.”

[via Mashable, video via BigRep GmbH, main image via BigRep]