BLADE Is World’s First 3D Printed Supercar
These days, everything is about being good to our environment. Even green cars are getting popular, but the unfortunate thing is that the manufacturing process for even the greenest car is still pretty environment unfriendly. Automotive designer, Kevin Czinger wanted to address this issue so he founded Divergent Microfactories. The California company developed its own 3D printing technology to produce a prototype of Blade, the world’s first 3D printed supercar.
Divergent Microfactories think they can beat the fastest accelerating car in the world, the Porsche 918 Spyder, which can go 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds with their 3D printed Blade. It uses 3d printed aluminum joints connected to carbon fiber tubes to create the frame for the chassis. The company claims a 0-60 mph acceleration in around 2 seconds. The car will weigh 1,400 pounds which is 90 percent less than traditional cars. The Blade also uses 3D printed components for all the interior pieces and the exterior grills.
“At Divergent Microfactories, we’ve found a way to make automobiles that holds the promise of radically reducing the resource use and pollution generated by manufacturing. It also holds the promise of making large-scale car manufacturing affordable for small teams of innovators, and as Blade proves, we’ve done it without sacrificing style or substance. We’ve developed a sustainable path forward for the car industry that we believe will result in a renaissance in car manufacturing, with innovative, eco-friendly cars like Blade being designed and built in microfactories around the world,” says Czinger.
The Blade’s power comes from a turbocharged four cylinder engine that’s built by a Michigan based company. They claim it will be a 700 horsepower vehicle. The company is trying to change bad manufacturing processes by making a stylish supercar that doesn’t sacrifice good looks for green ethics. Czinger claims his comany’s new process also dramatically reduces material and energy use. Over the past decade or so, 3D printing has shown promise in the manufacturing of automobiles. The important goal that Divergent Microfactories is striving for, and it appears they have accomplished, is the reduction of pollution and environmental impact. A limited number of Blade models will be produced for sale, and the company hasn’t set a price yet.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBMYcLU3_lI