The San Francisco company, Divergent Microfactories introduces world’s first 3D printed Blade supercar in an attempt to reduce production and consumption costs. The technology has managed to trigger investors’ interest and it could be adopted by many car manufacturers in the future.
Most discussions related to car consumption have focused, so far, on the horse power capacity of the vehicle as analysts thought this was the main culprit for higher consumption rates. Divergent Microfactories, on the other hand, has spent the past years carefully studying this aspect in order to come up with new and, hopefully more effective solutions.
Based on the calculations that the enterprise has made, they have reached the conclusion that consumption costs could be significantly reduced if the manufacturing process is reconsidered.
For that matter, they have used 3D printers to create the chassis and some of the internal parts of their most innovative car prototype. Blade is the world’s first 3D printed supercar that is perfectly functional if we were to judge from its test performances.
Blade can reach 0 to 60 mph in just 2 seconds and its chassis weighs only 100 pounds, which means the vehicle is 1400lbs – 90pc lighter than other 2 seaters. Moreover, the prototype can produce 700 horsepower, even though the Evo Mitsubishi 2.4 liter engine can work both on compressed natural gas and gasoline.
The performances of the car stay the same even when drivers chose to use the car on compressed natural gas. When on CNG, the vehicle lasts up to 100 miles, whereas on gasoline the covered distance reaches 350 miles.
The start-up is now waiting for a feedback on behalf of its customers. Depending on that, they could decide to create new supercars, which they will be selling in exchange of a price. The company made no declaration in relation to the price range where Blade will be labeled.
Divergent Microfactories thinks the project is worth investing in as the lighter, faster, cheaper to produce cars do not diminish only manufacturing costs, but also consumption. The vehicle is a lot lighter than other models thanks to its 3D printed elements; therefore, it won’t require so much fuel on the road.
Representatives have concluded that the supercar prototype is entirely green. The fact that the components and the chassis of the car are designed through 3D printers helps prevent environment pollution.
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