Meet Blade, the World’s First 3D Printed Car
People may associate the term ‘Blade’ with shaving and vampires, but soon they will associate it with another thing – a 3D-printed supercar. American start up Divergent Microfactories has unveiled Blade, a supercar whose chassis has been entirely printed in 3D before being assembled.
The company has developed a new technology called “the Node”, a 3D-printed alloy connector that joins carbon fiber tubing into standardized building objects. The node connects pieces of carbon-fiber tubing to make the car’s chassis. Due to the combination of carbon-fiber and aluminium, the chassis weighs around 45 kg, which 10% of what a traditional chassis usually weighs. The company claims that it will take around half-an hour to assemble the chassis by hand, 15 minutes if a robot assembles.
Due to the lighter chassis, the car becomes light weight and fuel efficient, which the company feels will generate only a third of the total health and environmental damage of an 85 kWh all electric car. The company aims to bring it down to a fourth.
The car weighs around 635 kg, thanks to its super-light chassis and provides less wear on the road. Blade runs on a 700HP bi-fuel engine, and can deliver 0-96 kmph in under 2.2 seconds. The car uses either CNG or gasoline, keeping in mind the company’s aim for a greener car.
Divergent Microfactories wants to build around 10,000 cars a year and set up factories that would cost less than $20 million and if the Node manufacture is centralised, then the estimated cost of factory would come to $5 million.
Here’s a video of how the chassis was built:
To learn more about “Blade”, visit Divergent Microfactories.