Meet Blade, a supercar developed by Divergent Microfactories. What makes Blade special? It’s the world’s first 3D-printed supercar. The San Diego based company created this vehicle, with their own original 3D printing technology, in order to show that it is possible to design and make a green car in an environmentally friendly way – something which seems to be absent in today’s manufacturing of electric vehicles.
“Society has made great strides in it 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…”
– Kevin Cinzger, founder and CEO of Divergent Microfactories
Car manufacturing is a complex process that can produce between 6-35 tons of carbon dioxide (depending on the spec of the vehicle). Divergent Microfactories hopes that their process will revolutionize automobile construction, while at the same time reducing the carbon footprint of a new car. This is definitely a great example of green synergy between product and production. With companies like Local Motors and Strati also entering a 3D printing endeavour, competition for who can make the most environmentally friendly vehicle could prove to be quite healthy.
Transportation has always been one of the bigger issues when it comes to greenhouse emissions, but we’re finally seeing a turnaround. Minimizing waste and pollution has gone from a “rallying cry” to a trend – renewable energy and clean technology investments are a result of that.
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