It seems that every week more and more 3D printed items hit the scene. The latest, a 3D printed motorcycle, is one of the most innovative yet. APWorks has released the Light Rider, a 3D printed electric motorcycle that is significantly lighter and more efficient than the competition. Want one? You’d better act fast. With only 50 bikes being released, these bikes are selling faster than 3D printed hotcakes!
The motorcycle itself appears rather delicate. The printing is conducted using a proprietary metal- Scalmalloy. Scalmalloy is an aluminum alloy that is incredibly strong and resistant to corrosion. Despite the dainty frame (it weighs only 6 kg), it is said to be just as strong as a regular motorcycle. In fact, the majority of the weight is in the other parts of the bike. The frame is printed using a technique that is similar to the structure of bird bones. This allows it to be lightweight and hollow, yet incredibly durable and strong.
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The bike is being touted as an eco-friendly alternative to the big bikes that currently cruise the highways, however it remains to be seen if it will be embraced by the biking world. In fact, many bikers raise their eyebrows at the electronic bikes, feeling that without the revving engine and vibrations of a motor, it’s just not the same.
The price tag presents another issue. The Light Rider is over $50,000- placing it squarely amongst the most expensive motorcycles. While the unique and earth-friendly bike will appear to some, it remains to be seen just how many will shell out that kind of money for this delicate-looking bike.
Whether you are a fan of the bike or not, you must admit that the idea offers up numerous possibilities. An e-printed frame, lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant, may represent a future trend for both motorcycles and bicycles. Such frames could be created and printed with the individual rider in mind, allowing for truly customized motorcycles.
Our team of motorcycle accident attorneys follows trends in the field, and believes that 3D printed technologies may represent a future crafting technique. Although this first iteration may not appeal to all, it is a worthy entrance into the field!