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3D Printed Blade

3D Printed Blade

Since the beginning of car manufacturing, the process has been, well, shit; it takes lots of people, lots of materials, lots of time and lots of waste in by product.

Divergent 3D has produced the world’s first 3D-printed supercar called Blade, and it does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.

Really a technology exercise rather than an end to itself, Divergent is in the process of a new direction in automobile production.

The hidden costs of energy aren’t in operating a vehicle; the costs are in the production, and ultimately reduction, of a car.  3D is really in the business of totally rethinking auto production by radically reducing manufacturing costs through the concept of micro factories.

The Blade has 1/3 the emissions of an electric car, cost 1/50 of the factory costs, and has twice the power to weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron.

Gas powered or electric, most environmental damage comes from other than driving the vehicle, so it’s not simply measuring what comes out of the tailpipe.

Blade Supercar

Blade Supercar

With just 50% of the lifecycle emissions of a standard car. It’s powered by a (relatively) small 4-cylinder engine running on gasoline and compressed natural gas, which delivers some 700 hp and propels the Blade from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, because it only weighs 1500 lb, and the entire frame is constructed like building blocks and can fit into a duffel bag.

3D Printed Frame

3D Printed Frame

Need a pick-up truck as well as a sports car?  A simple change to the software is all that’s required.

In the near future, we may all be designing our cars at home, transmitting our whims electronically, to be produced in a tiny workshop just down the street.

Once again, why did’t I think of this?

Dave

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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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