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World's first 3D printed Supercar, the 700 BHP Blade
Main thread on 3D Printing - Link (3D-Printing of Cars & automotive parts)
700 bhp, 500 lb ft of torque, a 0-60 mph time of 2.2 seconds. Still not impressed? Well, the power to weight ratio on this car is about 1100bhp per tonne! That is One:1 territory!
If you thought you were reading the specs of a new gen Ferrari/Lambo, you are wrong! This ladies and gentlemen is the Blade, a supercar conceived and produced by a California based startup, Divergent Microfactories.
Kevin Czinger is the brain behind Divergent's radical way of manufacturing cars.
Although the specs are astonishing, what really sets this car apart from other manufacturers is it's method of manufacturing. According to Kevin, even though cars today are running cleaner than ever before, their method of manufacture contributes heavily to global emissions. He says that with his 'node system' of manufacture, emissions as well as costs can be brought down drastically. Also, such a system allows for greater flexibility and can be used in the future for making anything from hatchbacks to pickup trucks.
The car's chassis is made up of approximately 70 3D printed aluminium 'nodes' and carbon fiber connectors. The chassis weigh in at just 102 lb (46 kg). The entire car with the 700 bhp engine weighs in at just 1388 lb (635 kg). The engine itself is sourced from Mitsubishi.
According to Divergent, employing 3D construction techniques in a supercar showcases how the parts hold up in extreme conditions. Divergent plans to manufacture about 10,000 of these supercars annually. That's not all. They plan to sell these tools and technologies so that prospective entrepreneurs can open their own microfactories and build their own cars. We wish Kevin and his team all the best in their endeavour. So what does the Blade offer us enthusiasts? Feast your ears people!
Sources : 3dprintingindustry
Last edited by GTO : 15th November 2015 at 15:25. Reason: Adding a link to main 3D thread. Thanks for sharing :)
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