Divergent Microfactories Drives the Future of Car Manufacturing with Blade | Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Divergent Microfactories today unveiled a disruptive new approach to

auto manufacturing that incorporates 3D printing to dramatically reduce

the pollution, materials and capital costs associated with building

automobiles and other large complex structures. Highlighted by Blade,

the first prototype supercar based on this new technology, Divergent

Microfactories CEO Kevin Czinger introduced the company’s plan to

dematerialise and democratise car manufacturing.

“Society has made great strides in its 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,”

said Kevin Czinger, founder &. CEO, Divergent Microfactories. “At

Divergent Microfactories, we’ve found a way to make automobiles that

holds the promise of radically reducing the resource use and pollution

generated by manufacturing. It also holds the promise of making

large-scale car manufacturing affordable for small teams of innovators.

And as Blade proves, we’ve done it without sacrificing style or

substance. We’ve developed a sustainable path forwards for the car

industry that we believe will result in a renaissance in car

manufacturing, with innovative, eco-friendly cars like Blade being

designed and built in microfactories around the world.”

Divergent Microfactories’ technology centers around its proprietary

solution called a Node: a 3D-printed aluminium joint that connects pieces

of carbon fiber tubing to make up the car’s chassis. 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 centrepiece of the Divergent Microfactories announcement is Blade,

the world’s first 3D-printed supercar. Designed and built using

Divergent Microfactories’ technology, the prototype is one of the

greenest and most powerful cars in the world. Equipped with a

700-horsepower bi-fuel engine that can use either compressed natural gas

or gasoline, Blade goes from 0-60 in about two seconds and weighs around

1,400 pounds. Divergent Microfactories plans to sell a limited number of

high-performance vehicles that'll be manufactured in its own

microfactory.

In addition to unveiling its technology platform and prototype,

Divergent Microfactories announced plans to democratise auto

manufacturing. The goal is 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.

For more information on Divergent Microfactories, visit www.divergentmicrofactories.com.

Divergent Microfactories Social Media:
Twitter: @DMicrofactories
Facebook:

http://on.fb.me/1FMeYMo
LinkedIn:

http://linkd.in/1GAzrcP
Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/131471148

Kevin Czinger Social Media:
Twitter: @CzingerKevin
LinkedIn:

http://linkd.in/1Mu1KI0

About Divergent Microfactories:

Divergent Microfactories is dedicated to revolutionizing car

manufacturing and its harmful health and environmental impacts on the

planet. Led by Founder &. CEO Kevin Czinger, Divergent Microfactories has

created a manufacturing platform that radically reduces the materials,

energy. Costs of manufacturing. Divergent Microfactories aims to put

these new tools of production and innovation into the hands of small

teams all around the world, resulting in a sustainable path forwards for

the car industry and beyond. For more information, visit www.divergentmicrofactories.com.