The list of products replicated through 3D printing continues to grow, in both complexity and size. Thanks to Divergent Microfactories, add supercars to that list.
The San Francisco-based company boldly claims the 700hp Blade supercar can go from 0-60mph in two seconds – besting the Porche 918 Spyder as the world’s fastest car.
Weighing in at a slight 1,388 pounds, the chassis is made entirely from 3D printing (comprising of roughly 61 pounds of aluminum and 41 pounds of carbon fiber).
Using 3D printing reduces the “material energy input needed to manufacture” a regular car, Divergent CEO Kevin Czinger explained in an interview with Forbes. He added that these cars only do 1/3 the environmental damage an 85 kilowatt-an-hour electric car would generate. Consistent to their lighter economic footprint, the turbocharged, four-cylinder engine is able to run on compressed natural gas, too.
“We have got to rethink how we manufacture, because—when we go from two billion cars today to six billion cars in a couple of decades—if we don’t do that, we’re going to destroy the planet,” added Czinger.
The Blades will be a limited run, but buyers shouldn’t be worried if they miss the exclusive run. Divergent is planning to sell their tech to other companies so they can begin building – er, publishing? – their own cars.