California based automotive startup Divergent Microfactories founded by designer Kevin Czinger has introduced the world’s first 3D-printed super car this week.
“Society has made great strides in its awareness and adoption of cleaner and greener cars. The problem is that while these cars do now exist, the actual manufacturing of them is anything but environmentally friendly,” announced Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories.
Divergent is planning to revolutionize the process of car building, by developing a new method of manufacturing automobiles. Specifically, Czinger and his employees co-designed a 3D-printed aluminum Node joint which links to carbon fiber turing compenets to create the outer frame.
The new method explains Czinger, optimizes the manufacturing process and requires less space as compared to traditional car manufacturing methods, thus allowing Divergent to operate and manufacture in factories smaller than usual, hence “Microfactories.”
Furthermore, Divergent’s car manufacturing process significantly reduces the usage materials and energy, thus utilizing less than half of the required components needed to build a traditional super car.
Divergent’s first product is Blade, an eco-friendly supercar, which according to the company dramatically reduces material and energy usage. Blade weighs 10% of normal cars, but is more robust and sturdy.
Yahoo reported, “Blade weighs only 1,400 pounds, helping the 700hp bi-fuel engine, which can use either compressed natural gas or gasoline, to propel the car from 0-60mph in a scarcely believable 2.2 seconds.”
While the number of Blade available for commercial sales is still disclosed, Divergent aims to franchise its unique 3d printing based manufacturing method to others, which will allow a quick and more efficient distribution of their supercar, Blade.
Though the franchise, Divergent hopes to print 10,000 of cars per year, and is willing to help entrepreneurial teams to set up microfactories and infrastructure needed to create the supercar.