The world’s first 3D printed hypercar
Los Angeles based start-up Divergent 3D revealed Blade, the world’s first 3D printed hypercar.
Using 3D printing technology, Divergent 3D aims to transform the automotive industry. Replacing conventional car architecture, the company uses computer-driven optimisation and additive manufacturing to create significantly lighter, higher performance, safer, lower cost, and more environmentally friendly vehicles. The computer calculates the optimum shape of the vehicle and determines which materials should be used where to ensure a lightweight and durable car. 3D printing reduces the amount of materials needed, as well as pollution and capital costs.
In 2015, Divergent 3D first explained their plans for the car’s chassis, which centred around 3D printed aluminium joints that connects pieces of carbon fibre tubing. The assembly can be done in minutes, reducing energy usage, while the chassis is 90 per cent lighter than those of traditional cars. Divergent 3D says that the vehicle structure weight of a standard five passenger car could be reduced by 50 per cent and the number of parts by over 75 per cent.
The 3D printed chassis of the recently revealed Blade weighs just 46 kilograms (102 lbs). The hybrid car is road-legal, with a four-wheel drive, and made from aerospace-grade carbon fibre and aluminium alloys. The design is inspired by jets and features a central seating position.
Photos: Divergent 3D