The most distinctive feature of the Blade prototype is its chassis frame, consisting of 3D printed aluminum joints connected by carbon fiber tubing: it achieves the required strength while allowing to assemble a complete structure in few minutes, with the goal of dematerializing and democratizing car manufacturing.
As the company reports, “the Node solves the problem of time and space by cutting down on the actual amount of 3D printing required to build the chassis and can be assembled in just minutes.
“In addition to dramatically reducing materials and energy use, the weight of the Node-enabled chassis is up to 90% lighter than traditional cars, despite being much stronger and more durable. This results in better fuel economy and less wear on roads.”
The prototype has a total weight of approx. 1,400 pounds, and is powered by a 700-horsepower bi-fuel engine that can use either compressed natural gas or gasoline. It enables a 0-60 time of about two seconds.
Divergent Microfactories plans to sell a limited number of vehicles that will be manufactured in its own microfactory.
Below we include a report by O’Reilly Media and a video from the keynote of Divergent Microfactories CEO Kevin Czinger, held on last 24 June at 2015 Solid Conference.
The company also announced plans to put the platform in the hands of small entrepreneurial teams around the world, allowing them to set up their own microfactories and build their own cars and, eventually, other large complex structures.
These microfactories will make innovation affordable while reducing the health and environmental impacts of traditional manufacturing.
(Source: Divergent Microfactories)