Meet ‘Blade’, the world’s first 3D-printed hypercar

May 21, 2019 by  
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At first glance, any motorhead would be head over heels for Blade — a sleek sportscar with shimmery deep magenta facade. The aerodynamicity of the car is obvious from its low, curved volume. Yet, this isn’t just any supercar that has just hit the market. Created by San Francisco-based startup  Divergent Microfactories,  Blade’s chassis was entirely 3-D printed. 3D printing is already revolutionizing the manufacturing process around the world. Printing in 3D makes products such as furniture, jewelry, machinery and even cars, more lightweight, but without sacrificing durability. Not only does 3D printing offer a new, faster and more reliable way of manufacturing, but it is also more affordable and sustainable. Related: World’s first mass-producible 3D-printed electric car will cost under $10K Within the automotive industry, sustainability is an aspect that, according to Divergent founder and CEO, Kevin Czinger, can no longer be ignored. “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,” Czinger expains. The startup has been working on the Blade design for years. The car’s chassis is a 3D printed aluminum “node” joint, which is made up of carbon fiber tubes that plug into the nodes to form a strong and lightweight frame for the car, weighs just 1,400 pounds. According to the company, the 3D manufacturing process reduces the weight of the chassis by as much as 90 percent when compared to conventional vehicles. The Blade features a 700HP engine capable of running on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and gas. As for performance, its light weight enables the supercar to accelerate to 0-60 m.p.h in 2.2 seconds. But, in case you’re itchin’ to get the metal to the pedal in this sweet ride, you’ll have to wait. The company has only manufactured a few models, but hopes to start working with boutique manufacturers soon to start producing more. + Divergent 3D Images via Divergent 3D

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Local Motors unveils plans for self-driving 3D-printed car with drone tech

September 9, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjhl3UgbWxI The contest was based on the Strati , a 3D-printed car produced by Local Motors that vaguely resembles a dune buggy. The competition challenged engineers to create new electronics features that would be suitable for a self-driving version of the 3D-printed vehicle. (In the video above, you can watch Imahara ride shotgun with Local Motors General Manager David Woessner in the Swim, another 3D-printed vehicle and the first model the car company aims to put through highway certification.) Related: Local Motors unveils world’s first 3D-printed car for mass production The winning design, FLY-MODE, has an appeal that is easy to understand. One of the most exciting aspects of a self-driving car is the possibility for activities that people can engage in while they’re being transported from Point A to Point B, since staring at the road will no longer be necessary. The FLY-MODE has a video screen, internet connectivity, and the ability to connect with an actual flying drone and view live drone footage during the ride, giving you the feeling they are flying instead of riding in a car. The contest winner scored a trip to the Local Motors microfactory in Phoenix, Arizona and will be invited to participate in the final build process and production video with Local Motors and Imahara. We can’t wait to see that! So, let’s run that back a bit: my favorite Mythbuster (sorry, Adam and Jamie), self-driving cars, 3D printing, crowdsourced engineering, and drone technology. Yep, sounds like a good time to me. + Mouser Electronics + Local Motors Images via Local Motors

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SOM debuts “world’s largest 3D-printed polymer building” designed for off-grid living

January 28, 2016 by  
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Local Motors unveils world’s first 3D-printed car for mass production

November 9, 2015 by  
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3-D printing was unheard of a few years ago, yet today the technology has advanced so fast the world is about to get its first 3D-printed car. Local Motors is getting ready to send their LM3D Swim, comprised of mostly 3D-printed parts, to market. The car will be available for purchase as soon as next Spring, and the price isn’t too terrible. Read the rest of Local Motors unveils world’s first 3D-printed car for mass production

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World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around

June 25, 2015 by  
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Green cars are more popular than ever, but the manufacturing process for even the greenest car is still pretty dirty. Automotive designer Kevin Czinger recognized the unfortunate irony, and founded Divergent Microfactories to address the problem with 3D printing . The California company developed its own 3D-printing technology to produce a prototype of Blade, the world’s first 3D-printed supercar. Read the rest of World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed car , 3d printing technology , 3d-printed supercar , blade supercar , divergent microfactories , eco-friendly car , eco-friendly car making , first 3d-printed supercar , green cars , green vehicles

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Top 6 Green Transportation Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 27, 2013 by  
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2013 has been a fantastic year for green transportation, and over the last 12 months we’ve seen some incredible innovations coming from all corners of the industry. From the sleek 3-D printed Urbee hybrid vehicle to Tesla’s next-gen EV battery that gets 400 miles per charge , we were never at a loss for exciting new developments that put clean energy above carbon emissions. See our 6 most read green transportation stories below and then vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed car , AeroVelo , green transportation , human powered helicopter , ionic thrusters , shark wheel , square wheel , tesla , Tesla Motors , top transportation stories of 2013 , transportation design , transportation innovation , urbee        

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Stratasys partners with Kor Ecologic for 200mpg hybrid with 3D-printed body

October 29, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: One of the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicles with a 3D printed body. Stratasys has announced its partnership with Winnipeg engineering group, Kor Ecologic, to create one of the world’s most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles – the Urbee. The Urbee is the first car that has an entire body 3D printed by additive manufacturing process

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Kingship’s new superyacht will be a green delight

October 29, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Low-emission superyacht will be powered by a hybrid propulsion system. Chinese shipyard Kingship has begun construction on their new 44m superyacht – the Green Voyager.

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Intersat’s solar-powered RIK to bring connectivity and power to rural Africa

October 29, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Solar-powered internet kiosk for rural Africa. With an aim to bring power and internet connectivity to the people living in rural Africa, Intersat has introduced its much anticipated Rural Internet Kiosk (RIK) – a 100 percent solar-powered kiosk capable of operating three terminals for up to 24 hours under zero sunshine conditions. Powered by get2net, the internet kiosk is rugged in design and can be easily transported and assembled on site within a short period of time

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