TE Connectivity's 3D-printed motorbike may look like a child's motorcycle toy, but its a feat of engineering that could one day change the automotive industry. The bike is modeled on a Harley-Davidson Softail and measures around 2.4 meters tall and weighs 113.4 kg.
Its frame can support a weight of 400 pounds, sufficient for two adult passengers. In addition to the small electric motor and the tires, other outsourced components including the brakes, electrical wiring, belt drive, mirrors and some bolts. Now while this 3D-printed motorbike may not be ready to hit the highway just yet, that wasn't the idea -- the goal was to demonstrate that 3D-printed technology can in fact be used to manufacture load-bearing production parts that can be used to develop bikes and other vehicles.
Seeing how fast 3D-printing technology has advanced in recent years, it's heartening to see inventions like this motorbike, which in the future could be looked back upon as a landmark invention.