The recently introduced new version of Bicicletto, a high-tech electric bicycle, marks the beginning of a long-term manufacturing partnership between Materialise and Nuova Società Piemontese Automobili (SPA). Bicicletto is an electric vehicle that turns mobility into an art, by blending the motorbike attitude and the bicycle spirit. Now with a major 3D-printed upgrade, Bicicletto is set to blur the lines of classic design and high-tech engineering even further. The upgrade is the first offering from the collaboration between Materialise NV, a specialist in Additive Manufacturing solutions and software, and Nuova SPA, historical Italian automotive brand, reborn in 2014. The new Bicicletto will feature additive manufactured end-use parts that make it lighter, faster and more cost-efficient to produce.
The automotive industry has been an early adopter of Additive Manufacturing and a major driver of growth for the technology ever since. As an e-bike, however, Bicicletto stands out in this group. “3D Printing was a major contributor to our R&D process, it has made production easier, and it’s also helping us bring down costs,” says Julianto Imprescia, CEO, Nuova SPA. “Bringing Additive Manufacturing to an already-running design, like the Bicicletto, can be challenging but dedicated collaboration helped us achieve it. Working with Materialise has been a gift, particularly with respect to having Materialise’s decades of additive manufacturing expertise at our disposal.”