San Francisco start-up unveils “3D printed” supercar

Divergent Microfactories has unveiled its new supercar, the Blade, which uses 3D printed aluminium in its chassis.

Financial Times and others report that the chassis is 90 per cent lighter than regular cars’, and features a “Node” at its core. This is made of additively manufactured aluminium, joined to carbon fibre rods (see below). The car weighs around 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms)

According to the company, the modular chassis can be assembled “in just minutes”. The engine is 700 horsepower and can run on compressed natural gas or petrol. The Blade is claimed to be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in two seconds.

Divergent plans to licence its technology platform to entrepreneurs around the world, said CEO Kevin Czinger.

“It… holds the promise of making large-scale car manufacturing affordable for small teams of innovators,” said Czinger in the statement.



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