Airbus’ Light Rider is The First 3D Printed Motorcycle

What happens when an aerospace-specialist develops a motorcycle instead of calculating spaceship-engines? A unique concept is born.

This peculiar looking thing is called the Light Rider, and it’s the world’s first 3D printed motorcycle. With a state-of-the-art 3D frame, APWorks – one of Airbus’ subsidiaries – used bionic algorithms in order to define the organic frame structre using nature’s design principles.

In other words, it has an aero-space approved approach, created out of thousands of 30 µm thin layers in a metallic powder bed, that offers the bike superb stiffness. APWorks says it’s using the best materials as the whole frame is created out of Scalmalloy – an aircraft-grade aluminum that offers the specific strength of titanium and is unequaled in 3D printing.

The entire rig also weighs only 35 kg (77 lbs), which in conjunction with its emission-free 6 kW electric motor that outputs up to 130 Nm of torque, offers a power-to-weight ratio equal to that of a supercar. It does 0 to 45 (28 mph) km/h in 3 seconds and has a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), with a driving range of 60 km (37 miles).

“We have used our know how of optimization and manufacturing, to create means of transportation, that match our expectations”, explains APWorks’s Niels Grafen: Exceptionally strong, impressively lightweight and of the highest quality.

Airbus’ APWorks plans to make an exclusive small series of the Light Rider – street legal for everyday use – with only 50 units planed. A deposit of €2000 ($2,229) will secure you one, but the full price of the bike is €50.000 ($55,727).

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  • ELROBOTOAD

    LOL.
    For when they edit, as of 5/27 @ 4:22 US Eastern, the headline read, “Airbus’ Light Rider is The First 3 Pinted Motorcycle”

    Nice work, guys. Looks like someone already had 3 pints. I’m glad to be reading the world’s only ESL-edited automotive blog.

    • Six Thousand Times

      OK, editing is still a bit of a Carscoops issue, sure. And while you’re at it, I think what they are trying to say about this bike’s “60km autonomy” is that it has a 60km range but it’s unclear.

    • JohnCarscoop

      Someone had one pint too many…but we fixed it. Thanks

  • Six Thousand Times

    Love this. Perfect commuter vehicle for me.

  • DeWayne

    The weld joints really throw the aesthetic. Why not design the main section as a single print?

    • eb110americana

      While I agree, it is certainly a limitation of the 3D printing bed’s dimensions. Larger machines get much more expensive, though this is likely still a proof-of-concept, so that may be their ultimate goal. At any rate, “We’re gonna need a bigger 3D printer!” is apt.

  • CFK

    And tasteless aswell.

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