World’s First 3D Printed Super Car 0

blade-3d-printed-carWith the recent introduction of 3D printing has allowed us to create products like small children’s toys, and essential items like prosthetic limbs for amputees. Well a start-up company based in San Francisco, named Divergent Microfactories want to take this a step further the creation of the world’s first 3D Printed Super Car, and has been dubbed as the Blade.

Engine

This 3D Printed Super Car features a 700 horse power turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is mounted in the rear of the vehicle behind a tandem seat cockpit. Divergent Microfactories have decided to power this engine solely on compressed natural gas, which emits 30% of the emissions of the standard electric car, and would costs 1/50th of the factory capital compared to other manufactured cars around today. All of this combined would put the Blade on top of the list of environmentally friendly cars that are currently sold around the world today, including the likes of the Renault Twizy, Volkswagen e-Up and the BMW i3.

Speed

The Blade is incredibly fast, going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds, but the creators of the Blade believe they can cut that down to just 2 seconds. That would be faster than any other Super Car sold on the planet today, that is including the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, and anything else you can really think of in that bracket. The only vehicle that can currently beat this 3D Printed Super Car for pace is the Porsche 918 Spyder which currently holds the record for 0 to 60mph, set at 2.2 seconds.

Body

The Blade can reach these speeds due to its light weight body, using 3d-printed aluminium joints connected to carbon-fibre tubes to create the frame for the chassis. Apart from the chassis, the Blade also consists of a fully 3-D printed interior and grilles. All of these factors combined mean this 3D Printed Super Car only weighs 1,400pounds, to give you an example of how light this is for a fully powered Super Car, 1,400lbs is the same weight as any normal farm cow you would see grazing in a field.

Production Plan

Divergent Microfactories aims to put their philosophy of democracy in auto manufacturing into practice, and they hope many others will follow suit. First of all they aim to raise £65million to build a plant where they can construct this 3D Printed Super Car, and this will take place over the next 18 months. Secondly they will sell their formula to other entrepreneurs around with so they can repeat this process, which will raise more money allowing them to construct more plants in the process.