3D-Printed Motorcycles, Propellers—Even Bridges—Are in the Works

May 5, 2017
3D printing is still finding new ways to integrate with production, as evidenced at this year’s Hannover Messe.

Innovation and invention continue to define 3D printing, as this year’s turnout of promising new applications at Hannover Messe proves. Among those featured in this gallery of images from the show are the Light Rider electric motorcycle, a first-responder aerial drone, and, yes, a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam.

About the Author

Jeff Kerns | Technology Editor

Studying mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), he worked in the Polymer Research Lab. Utilizing RIT’s co-op program Jeff worked for two aerospace companies focusing on drafting, quality, and manufacturing for aerospace fasteners and metallurgy. He also studied abroad living in Dubrovnik, Croatia. After college, he became a commissioning engineer, traveling the world working on precision rotary equipment. Then he attended a few masters courses at the local college, and helped an automation company build equipment.

Growing up in Lancaster County, PA he always liked to tinker, build, and invent. He is ecstatic to be at Machine Design Magazine in New York City and looks forward to producing valuable information in the mechanical industry. 

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