While there have been many 3D-printed motorcycle concepts released with the rise of additive manufacturing, Airbus' 'Light Rider' is one of the first-ever fully operational 3D-printed electric motorcycles to be revealed.
The e-motorcycle weighs just 77 pounds, which makes it about 30% lighter than most electric motorcycles on the market. Part of what contributes to the lightweight design of the bike is its airy frame design, which could not have been created with traditional production technologies like milling or welding.
As a giant in the aviation industry, Airbus is now looking to apply the successes of the Light Rider's design and technology to aircraft. In the coming months, Airbus has plans to unveil a 3D-printed twin-engined aircraft prototype at the Berlin Air Show.