The BLADE – 3D Printed Car


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A San Francisco-based startup, Divergent Microfactories has revolutionized the automotive industry with their supercar: “Blade”, a 3D printed powerhouse that accelerates 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds. The Blade’s chassis is arguably its most impressive aspect. Instead of having to generate it as a single unit, Divergent developed a 3D printed aluminum “Node” joint.

The printed carbon fiber tubes that make up the chassis plug into these nodes to form a strong and lightweight frame for the entire vehicle. This method reduces the weight of the chassis by as much as 90 percent compared to conventional cars. In all, the vehicle weighs just 1,400 pounds yet features a 700HP engine capable of running on both gasoline and compressed natural gas- making it also one of the most environmentally friendly automobiles around.

“We have got to rethink how we manufacture, because — when we go from 2 billion cars today to 6 billion cars in a couple of decades — if we don’t do that, we’re going to destroy the planet,” Czinger, CEO of Divergent, adds.


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