For the first time in history, a 3D-printed supercar was created. The approach used in its development is a huge step towards a more environment-friendly car manufacturing.
Vehicles have become a huge part of our lives for ages. They are the most convenient way of going from one place to another and as time went on, more improvements are explored by many car manufacturers for essential and fascinating upgrades.
3D Printing is Upon Us
Divergent 3D, an automaker specializing in car manufacturing with the use of 3D printing, unveiled the tech-forward automobile: the Blade Supercar. The sports car is 3D-printed using the approach called by the automaker as NODE. This is when they print 3D aluminum nodes to be joined together with carbon fiber tubing.
Basically, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is, as the name suggests, an additive process of creating a 3D printed object. From a digital file, thin layers are laid down to form the desired three-dimensional tangible object.
For the sports car, the mechanism was described to be the same as building with LEGO blocks. Many parts of a whole will be put and fit together to create the machine.
Revolutionary Sports Car
Aside from its unique and pioneer manufacturing, there are a lot of appreciable things about Divergent 3D’s vehicle. Compared to other cars created using the conventional method, the supercar is 90 times lighter.
It only weighs around 635 kilograms (1,400 pounds) and with a 700-hp engine, it can accelerate up to 97 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) while using either compressed gas as natural fuel or gasoline. With its material made from a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum, it is expected to be more durable, too.
Moreover, the congregation of the vehicle needs a smaller capital and fewer materials. This makes manufacturing the automobile achievable and with ease.
Car Manufacturing Without Harming Environment
More and more companies have become more mindful of the harmful effects they are causing the environment. And many of them are taking action, too.
Many cars are known to cause harm to the environment as their traditional combustion engines burn fuel for energy. This leads to the emission of dangerous chemicals such as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds.
Meanwhile, manufacturing a car is just as harmful to the environment. Since its materials are extracted from nature, plus all the processes of shipping from across the world, even a medium-sized car can easily cause thousands of kilograms worth of greenhouse gasses.
Thanks to the supercar’s creation, we are made aware that there are other feasible options to build the vehicle without endangering nature. Soon, more technological advancements in the future of developing technology with the use of sustainable energy will be within our midst.