Californian based automotive start-up Divergent Microfactories has produced the world’s first 3D printed supercar.
Boasting a chassis that wasn’t born on an assembly line, but rather in the bowels of a 3D printer- Blade, as this supercar is referred to, is the world’s first 3D printed supercar.
Although a company called Local Motors did 3D print some smaller vehicles in 2014, Blade is the first supercar to be produced by a 3D printer. Opting for carbon fiber and not aluminium or steel, the chassis weighs in at only 42.2kg (102 pounds) without its engine. The Blade weighs in at 635kg (1400 pounds) in total.
Founder of Divergent Microfactories Kevin Czinger has come up with this production technique after realizing that supposedly “green” cars are still leaving behind a massive carbon footprint during manufacturing.
Czinger said in an interview with Reuters: “3D printing of metal radically changes that. By looking at 3D printing not for that overall structure but to create individual modular structures that can be combined, that 3D printing transforms everything,”
Blade is fitted with a 700 horsepower engine which runs on natural gas also decreasing its carbon footprint. Czinger hopes that this production method will revolutionize the automotive manufacturing industry. By constructing a car this way it has less than one third of the environmental and health impact than the 85 hours all electric car for example has Czinger added.
It seems a bit farfetched, but maybe Star-Trek was on to something with their futuristic gadget called the replicator, which could produce anything your heart desires at the press of a button.
With this technology it is easy to envision a future of micro-car-factories popping up in the place of current behemoth manufacturing plants. We see a future filled with car manufacturing applications which we can use to simply order, customize and 3D print our car at the nearest micro-factory.