A San Francisco-based firm has built the World’s first 3D printed supercar, named Blade, which can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in two seconds. Blade was created using a technology called “a node” that involves a 3D printed aluminium joint that connects pieces of carbon tubing to create a chassis.
U.S startup Divergent Microfactories developed the prototype called Blade that shows twice the power-to-weight ratio of Bugatti Veyron. The car includes a 700BHP engine that can go from zero to 60 miles in two seconds. The engine uses petrol or compressed natural gas, and the chassis weighs only 1,700 pounds made out of carbon fiber. The firm mentioned that this method helped to reduce the weight of the chassis by 90 percent. The chassis is the frame for the automobile’s running gear that includes the engine, drive shaft, transmission and suspension.
“Society has made great strides in its awareness and adoption of cleaner and greener cars,” said Kevin Czinger, CEO at Divergent Microfactories.
Divergent said that 3D printing reduces pollution, material and capital costs related to building automobiles and other parts. Czinger stated that the problem is that these cars do now exist, the actual manufacturing of them is anything, but environment friendly. Divergent aims to sell a limited amount of high-performance vehicles, in turn encouraging microfactories to print their own low-cost vehicles.
Divergent Microfactories has announced that they intend to manufacture 10,000 3D-printed cars annually. However, the company is looking out for partners, in order to make this goal a reality. According to Financial Times, the company is looking to raise over $10 million in the next 18 months to hone the tooling needed for the vehicle. Early this year, Local Motors unveiled a 3D printed prototype “unibody” comprising of chassis and outer shell.
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