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3D Printing Gives Students Real-World Experience Creating Self-Balancing Scooter

The University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten in the south of Germany is an institution focusing on technology, economics and social sciences. The department of mechanical engineering undertook a project to create a first-of-its kind self balancing scooter as part of a state-driven research project.

“One central goal of this project is to create and optimize an executable design process for the production of customized products – in this case a self-balancing scooter,” explained Dr.-Ing. Markus Till, head of mechanical engineering at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten. “We challenged the students to explore different technologies and processes to overcome the limitations of traditional manufacturing when producing a quantity of one.”


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The 3D printed scooter frame houses the batteries and electric motor.

The 3D printed scooter frame houses the batteries and electric motor.

“Stratasys additive technology enabled us to quickly produce a fully-functional self-balancing scooter of a design that was previously too complex to be created through any other traditional method.”

Professor Dr.-Ing. Markus Till, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten