Last week, BigRep was proud to participate in the prestigious 3D Printing Industry Awards! We had the honor to be nominated in three categories and to receive the Creative Use of 3D Printing award for the NERA eBike – our fully 3D printed e-motorcycle.
BigRep was represented at the event by Mirek Claßen, NOWLAB Head of Innovation and Generative Design Applications, and Jan Hoffmann, Head of Software, who received the award on the company’s behalf.
“We are thrilled about the award for our prototype NERA, the world’s first fully 3D-printed, functional e-motorcycle,” said Daniel Büning, NOWLAB co-founder and Head of Innovation “With our creative use of 3D printing, we have demonstrated the unprecedented capacity of FFF large-scale 3D printing technology in AM.”
The NERA development was led by Marco Mattia Cristofori at BigRep’s internal innovation consultancy, NOWLAB, to demonstrate the incredible developments that can be accomplished with today’s accessible additive manufacturing technology, like BigRep’s large-format 3D printers. The NERA dispels many of the assumed limitations of additive technology, such as its applicability for end-use parts.
“To us, the award also confirms BigRep’s ability as an innovation leader bringing new technologies from design to reality – in this case in only 12 weeks – providing an added-value market lead for industrial customers.”
The award-winning e-motorcycle was printed with a combination of consumer-friendly industrial filaments including BigRep Pro Flex, BigRep Pro HT, BigRep PLA, and BigRep PETG materials. Pro HT was used for rigid parts, PLA for color details and PETG for the light reflectors. Pro Flex allowed for embedded functionalities in a unique way; tires, bumper, seat and handles were printed with the flexible material to effectively fulfill functions that usually require complex mechanical constructions like hydraulic, shock absorbing suspension systems.
The monumental success of the NERA, its development and execution with additive technology, shows how processes are ripe for re-thinking with a totally new, future-forward additive perspective to change the way designers envision products.
The NERA eBike and other challenging projects like it are taken on by BigRep’s innovation and consultancy department, NOWLAB, with clients working on similarly incredible projects that push 3D printing to its limits and uncover the technology’s true capabilities. The NERA is just one example of revolutionary applications that companies at the forefront of their industries are capable of with large-format additive manufacturing at their disposal.
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BigRep develops the world’s largest serial production 3D printers, creating the industry benchmark for large-scale printing with the aim to reshape manufacturing. Its award-winning, German-engineered machines are establishing new standards in speed, reliability and efficiency. BigRep’s printers are the preferred choice of engineers, designers and manufacturers at leading companies in the industrial, automotive and aerospace sectors. Through collaborations with its strategic partners – including Bosch Rexroth, Etihad Airways and Deutsche Bahn – and key investors – including BASF, Koehler, Klöckner and Körber – BigRep continues to develop complete solutions for integrated additive manufacturing systems, as well as a wide range of printing materials on an open-choice source. Founded in 2014, BigRep is headquartered in Berlin with offices in Boston and Singapore. Leading the way in one of the world’s key technologies, our multinational engineering teams are highly trained, interdisciplinary and customer-focused.
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