Divergent Microfactories, a revolutionizing car manufacturing company dedicated to create an eco-friendly and sustainable mode of transportation has developed the world’s first 3D-printed supercar. Christened Blade, the project was showcased by the company’s founder and CEO Kevin Czinger at the Solid conference in Silicon Valley yesterday. The fully functional two-seater supercar weighs only 1,400 pounds and is powered by a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter, all-aluminum Evo Mitsubishi engine that runs on gasoline or compressed natural gas to deliver over 700-horsepower. It can run up to 100 miles on CNG and 350 miles on gasoline. It can go from 0-60mph in just 2 seconds.
Instead of crafting out of cast, the sports car is built from 3D-printed metal alloy parts. Called nodes by Czinger, these 3D printed parts connect in a modular system with carbon-fiber tubes to form high strength. The Blade chassis are built in Torrance which weighs only 100 pounds and can be assembled in less than 30 minutes. The environmental friendly vehicle radically reduces resource-use and pollution generated during the manufacturing process. Besides that, it is up to 90% lighter than traditional vehicles with more strength and durability.
Blade 3D-printed supercar by Divergent Microfactories is inspired from the styles of the 60s and is designed by David O’Connell, professor at the Art Center College of Design. Currently there are no plans of the company to produce it on a large scale. Instead, they want to license its 3d printed auto manufacturing platform to small teams so that vehicles like the Blade can be built all across the globe.