The Wheel Deal
Three-dimensional printing has come a long way in the few years of its commercial existence; from making simple boxes, it can now produce the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle – the Light Rider.
Developed by APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus, Light Rider is made from Scalmalloy – an aircraft-grade aluminium with the strength of titanium – giving the entire structure unrivalled toughness. A bionic algorithm was used to model the optimal structure for the bike – given the raw material– resulting in Light Rider’s unusual, organic frame.
The entire package weighs a remarkable 35kg, feathery light for the power it possesses. A six-kilowatt emission-free electric motor outputs up to 130Nm of torque, accelerating to 45km/hr in three seconds with a top speed of 80km/hr.
Light Rider will be produced in small quantities from next year. The initial batch of 50 units will cost €50,000 (S$74,000), each requiring a deposit of €2,000 (S$3,000).