3D printing is making waves in the transportation industry, pushing us to more lightweight and sustainable options. The Lightrider, prototyped by APWorks, is made from custom 3D printed aluminum alloy power, set in layers. In total, the motorcycle weighs less than most children- only 77 pounds. APWorks “programmed the algorithm to use bionic structures and natural growth processes and patterns as the basis for developing a strong but lightweight structure”, and the result is an organic design that reminds more of an exoskeleton than of a machine.
The Lightrider is silent, produces no emissions, and can travel a range of 35 miles on a full charge. The 6 kilowatt electric motor propels the street-legal motorcycle from 0 to 50 mph in just 3 seconds.Currently, the only 50 models of the Lightrider will be available for pre-order in limited amounts. APWorks website lists them for a price of around $56,000, with a small deposit required to secure a place on the waiting list. Light Rider succeeds in combining style and power through innovative design; it’s an impressive first step in the company’s goal of creating the future of urban transportation.
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