“Light Rider” : world’s first 3-D printed motorcycle

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Joachim Zettler (left), CEO of Airbus APWorks GmbH and Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders presenting ‘Light Rider’, the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle

Chief executive of Airbus Group Tom Enders went for a drive on a 3-D printed motorcycle dubbed as the “Light Rider”, produced by German subsidiary APWorks.

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Joachim Zettler, chief executive of APWorks, said 3D printing had made it possible to produce the special frame. It is 30 percent lighter than other electric motorcycles, the e-motorbike weighs just 35 kilograms (77 pounds) which has a 6 kiloWatt engine, has a hollow-looking frame that helped bring down its weight, according to Airbus subsidiary APWorks, yours for €50K. A €2,000 deposit is required to join the waiting list.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object.

Airbus is trying to apply the same principle on aircraft.The group plans to present a 3-D printed twin-engined aircraft prototype at the Berlin Air Show in June.

photo courtesy of www.3ders.org

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