I know I’ve talked about this before, but I can’t help but be fascinated by the impact and possibilities of the 3D printer. Divergent Microfactories, a San Francisco startup, grabbed headlines a few weeks ago with their debut of a very sleek, extremely fast supercar prototype. The most interesting thing about this supercar? Most of the chassis is 3D printed aluminum, meaning the car (with its traditional components like the engine and tires) has a curb weight of approximately 1,400 pounds.
I also happen to be a car enthusiast. The company claims this car goes 0-60 in TWO seconds. It also has an appealing low-slung body and butterfly-style doors. So how slow is this 3D printed car? Try fast. The company also touts its environmentally friendly benefits, such as the fact that it can be assembled in smaller factories, as well as the fact that it produces “only a third “of the total health and environmental damage of an 85 kWh all electric car.”
Personally I can’t wait to see a prototype hit our area and I’m itching to take it for a test drive. I also can’t wait to see what the 3D printer produces next!
- On August 7, 2015