On May 22, 2016, Chris Ziegler posted an article on The Verge that talks about how Airbus’s subsidiary APWorks has created the world’s first 3D printed motorcycle. APWorks suggest that this motorcycle might be the lightest in the world. The motorcycle weighs approximately 75 pounds or 35 kilograms. The motorcycle is considered to be all electric which is comprised of aluminum. The terminology APworks uses to describe this material is “Scalmalloy” which is comprised of a custom aluminum alloy powder that may or may not have the same amount of strength at as titanium. In order to create the Scalmalloy, APWorks has to compress much of this material together to create the desired custom aluminum.
APWorks calls this the Light Rider. The Light Rider as the capability to go up to 50 miles per hour or 80 kilometers per hour. The Light Rider can go from 0-45km/h in an incredible timeframe of 3 seconds. This is according to Ziegler in the realm of superbikes. The Light Rider also has a battery that can be swapped out. The battery has 35 miles or 60 kilometers on charge, ready to go.
So far, at this time, APWork has manufactured 50 of these Light Riders. These are roughly $55,000 per unit. Although a bit pricey for the average individual, the Light Rider as least gets market exposure which can work in APWork’s favor.
APWorks is a subsidiary of Airbus Group. Airbus Group was founded in 2000 with headquarters in Leiden, Netherlands. There is also a main office located in Blagnac, France.
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