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APWorks Claims It's Created First Electric, 3D-Printed Motorcycle


The prototype, known as Light Rider, has an exoskeletal frame that carries a 6kW electric motor producing up to 130 Nm (95.8 ft-lb) of torque, and weighs just 38 kg (84 lbs). That's some power-to-weight ratio.

"The complex and branched hollow structure couldn't have been produced using conventional production technologies such as milling or welding," said Joachim Zettler, APWorks CEO.

The corrosion resistant alloy, called Scalmalloy, is reportedly stronger than titanium, and results in a frame weighing 13 lbs. According to the company website, "Bionic algorithms define the organic frame structure using Altair's OptiStruct. This aerospace approved approach gives the motorcycle superb stiffness and guarantees optimal use of material."

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