Note to self: keep an eye on BigRep, a start up, founded in Berlin in 2014, now so successful that it has branches in the USA and Singapore. They’ve already won many prizes, and they produce super cool things with their Super 3D printers called BigRep PRO ONE or BigRep Studio. The latest highlight is the NERA BIKE, a freshly printed, real motorcycle made with a 3D printer. Tires and all; completely free of metal. What’s crazy is, this printed electric motorcycle actually looks super cool. Seriously, anyone could look like Batman on this thing, with or without the cape. I would never have thought that this 15-piece motorcycle set would come from a printer in Berlin’s Kreuzberg, rather that it was made in some kind of superhero workshop. Thanks to the only, not printed object, the electric motor, this Batmobile is also completely set for the road. The only question that remains to be answered is “This is supposed to work…?”

PRINTED HERO –
A BATMOBILE MADE BY A PRINTER

Category: Mobility     Text: Angela Peltner

Photo: BigRep
Note to self: keep an eye on BigRep, a start up, founded in Berlin in 2014, now so successful that it has branches in the USA and Singapore. They’ve already won many prizes, and they produce super cool things with their Super 3D printers called BigRep PRO ONE or BigRep Studio. The latest highlight is the NERA BIKE, a freshly printed, real motorcycle made with a 3D printer. Tires and all; completely free of metal. What’s crazy is, this printed electric motorcycle actually looks super cool. Seriously, anyone could look like Batman on this thing, with or without the cape. I would never have thought that this 15-piece motorcycle set would come from a printer in Berlin’s Kreuzberg, rather that it was made in some kind of superhero workshop. Thanks to the only, not printed object, the electric motor, this Batmobile is also completely set for the road. The only question that remains to be answered is “This is supposed to work…?”
FRESH OFF THE PRESS
Similarly to black holes, there are just some things that simply elude my logical imagination. When I first heard of the plans to create airplanes with a 3D printer, my first thought was, (in Asterix fashion) “The scientists are crazy.” But now the facts are undeniable. The innovation department of BigRep NOWLAB produced the device and made the 60 kg flight apparatus lift off. The special technical features include the airless tires and the integrated sensor technology. The tires are made of hard plastic and the shock absorbers are replaced by thermoplastic polyurethane inserts. I’m not sure how long it takes for a conventional motorcycle to be built but the NERA was designed, printed and assembled within 12 weeks, with the exception of the electrical components and the electric motor. The largest of the 15 main parts measures in at 120x45x20 centimetres. Again, that black hole thing. I can imagine, however, that this could drastically reduce the production time of motorcycles of the future and therefore make it more affordable.
THE PRINTED BIKE OF THE FUTURE Digitisation does not render the printer useless. On the contrary; in just 12 weeks, thanks to a 3D printer, this e-bike has gone from a paper sketch to a real life vehicle. The variable electronics turn the NERA BIKE into a signature move for individual mobility. A freshly printed futuristic dream with a total weight of just 60 kg. Photo: BigRep
SIZE DOES MATTER
BigRep distinguishes itself from the competition. This is because more than half of all the employees are engineers and the 3D printers are just bigger and better. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the 3D printer developed by the research and innovation lab NOWLAB is a worldwide first.

The only down side is that the NERA BIKE probably won’t be going into series production. For now we have to assume that it will stay a prototype. It’s just our luck, however, that BigRep, the “German Innovation Award Winner 2018” is an exhibitor at this year’s GREENTECH FESTIVAL. And who knows, maybe they’ll even bring Batman with them.

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By |2019-05-28T11:48:17+00:00May 17th, 2019|Angela Peltner, MOBILITY|Comments Off on PRINTED HERO – A BATMOBILE MADE BY A PRINTER