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World’s first 3D printed supercar

posted 04 September 2015 at 17:25:30

Earlier this summer, San Francisco car manufacturer Divergent Microfactories unveiled Blade, their prototype supercar built with 3D printed parts. Not only is it incredibly light and super fast, but its revolutionary manufacturing technique will dramatically reduce the pollution, materials and capital costs associated with the car manufacturing industry. Blade’s chassis is built, Lego-style, using 3D-printed aluminium joints called Nodes that connect pieces of carbon fibre tubing – it takes just minutes to assemble the chassis. Now for the statistics: Blade’s chassis is up to 90% lighter than in traditional cars, but is stronger and more durable. Weighing in at around 635kg and with a 700 horsepower engine running on natural gas or gasoline, Blade will go from 0-100km/h in 2 seconds.

All in all, it promises to be one of the greenest and most powerful cars out there – and all without sacrificing style or substance. And the innovative thinking isn’t just to do with performance: CWO Kevin Czinger plans to put the tools to make the cars in the hands of small companies around the world; the idea being that they can set up their own microfactories, thereby reducing the health and environmental impact of traditional manufacturing even further.  

Image: © Divergent Microfactories