While 3D printing is altering transport in many varying ways, especially when paired up with all sorts of modern tech. It appears one company is looking to modernize travel by mixing in every new tech under the sun. Silicon Valley-based Arevo has just announced the launch of their new battery assisted, carbon fiber bike. Their 3D printing method involves software, robotics, machine learning, and thermoplastic materials.
Marco Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak designed the vehicle from BigRep’s innovation lab to display the firm’s ability to use new materials and techniques. And it is not yet for sale.
“Nera illustrates the massive benefits that 3D-printing offers for the production of end-use parts. Particularly for batch sizes between lot size one to small series, by reducing lead times and costs, optimising supply chains and limiting dependency on supplier networks,” said the manufacturer.
NOWLAB and 3D printer manufacturer, BigRep have joined hands to develop the world’s first completely 3D printed e-motorcycle The NERA. The name is derived from the slogan “New Era”. Everything on the NERA is made up of 3d technology , except the electronics parts. The airless touted tyres are also 3D-printed , along with the frame, bodywork and suspension of the NERA. But this is not a real production model. The NERA is just a two-wheeled advertisement for 3D printer maker BigRep and its consultancy group NOWLAB.
Fused filament fabrication (FFF) process is used in the 3D printing of motorcycle. It feeds a continuous filament of thermoplastic material through a moving, heated printer extruder head.
In addition to running on a fully electric engine embedded in the back rim, with the battery fitted within the angular body. The Nera motorbike features airless tires, embedded sensor technology and flexible bumpers instead of suspension.
The vehicle also boasts forkless steering with eight pivot joints, a lightweight rhomboid wheel rim, embedded LED lights with 3D-printed reflectors. It also has strong hexagonal structures for load-bearing elements like the wheels.
“We have created a new paradigm for manufacturing that empowers businesses to create and source products locally by leveraging advancements in dynamic software and automation,” said Jim Miller, CEO of AREVO. “The development of the eBike has proven that we can 3D print a new product when needed, at a low cost and localize the manufacturing process – significantly cutting down on the process and time it has taken historically to create bike frames.”
BigRep got the achievement of the first creator to use 3D printing in motorcycle production. But designers and architects are also applying 3D technology in many other projects. 3D printing has a wide range of usage. It is used from a steel bridge to models of patients’ hearts. Patient heart 3D printing help in understanding the disease in proper manner.
Arevo’s main draw is their ability to combine these technologies, so as to make a cohesive production method. As a result, AREVO’s bikes are customisable and unique. They take into account individual riders needs at scale, and manufacture anywhere in the world.
MIT even used the technology to create 3D-printed inflatable structures for car interiors. It could morph into different configurations at the flick of a switch.