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Ottobrunn, Germany: Airbus reveals 3D printed electric 'light rider' motorbike that can reach 50mph

The frame weighs just 13 pounds, about 30 percent less than conventional e-motorbikes.
An electric motorcycle made from tiny aluminium alloy particles using a 3D printer.
European aeronautics giant Airbus unveiled the 'Light Rider ' in Germany on Friday. 
Manufactured by its subsidiary APWorks, a specialist in additive layer manufacturing, the motorcycle uses hollow frame parts that contain the cables and pipes.
The frame weighs just 13 pounds, about 30 percent less than conventional e-motorbikes, weighs 77 pounds, goes 50 mph (80 kph)
APWorks chief executive Joachim Zettler said the complex, branched hollow structure wouldn't have been possible with conventional production technologies such as milling or welding.
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APWorks used an algorithm to develop the Light Rider's optimized structure to keep weight at a minimum while ensuring the motorcycle's frame was strong enough to handle the weight loads and stresses of everyday driving scenarios. 
 
The CEO of Airbus, Tom Enders, presents the first 3D printed electric motorcycle in Ottobrunn, Germany,  Friday  May 20,  2016. The motorcycle was made of metal powder by using lasermelting technology. The  bike only weighs 35 kilos.  (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)


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