Blade: The World’s First 3D Printed Supercar

Over the last few years, people have become more concerned for their environment and have since made conscious efforts to buy more environmentally friendly products, cars included. This is why there had many one too many hybrid and electronic automobiles to satisfy this demand. But these green vehicles were either too slow or too expensive. Some of them even have unappealing designs.

Thanks to a startup company, people can now own a supercar that’s not only lightweight, but also environment-friendly.

Meet, Blade, the world’s first supercar that happens to be 90 percent lighter than your average vehicle. How did that happen?

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Divergent Microfactories, a San Francisco-based company created Blade, a supercar that has a chassis made entirely using a 3D printer. This process reduces the overall weight of this supercar by 90 percent.

The company also acknowledges the fact that a lot of ‘green’ cars on the market are made in not-so-eco-friendly ways. In their desire to change all that, Divergent designed Blade to be 3D printed, which reduces the amount of energy used in manufacturing such an awesome ride. What’s more, most parts of the car’s body are made of carbon fiber, not steel or aluminum. This resulted to this amazing ride to weight just under 1,400 pounds.

Divergent CEO Kevin Czinger said in an interview with Forbes, “How we make things is much more important than how we fuel them and whether they have a tailpipe or not.”

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He also made a few comments on how this super lightweight car is fueled. Carrying a 700-horsepower engine, Blade can run on compressed natural gas and have a 0 to 60mph time of 2.2 seconds, making this supercar one of the most eco-friendly vehicles in the world.

Divergent plans to produce several cars initially, but plans to sell its technology eventually to smaller companies. Czinger said, “We have got to rethink how we manufacture, because — when we go from 2 billion cars today to 6 billion cars in a couple of decades — if we don’t do that, we’re going to destroy the planet.”

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