Jay Leno Takes The 700-HP, 3D-Printed Blade Supercar For A Spin

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It was in 2015 that we first learned of the Divergent 3D and its 3D-printed ...

It was in 2015 that we first learned of the Divergent 3D and its 3D-printed supercar, the Blade.

Although strictly the technology demonstrator, the 700-hp, tandem two-seater is fascinating in that it uses the new approach to manufacturing that could revolutionize the ways vehicles are built.

The Divergent Blade recently showed up at the Jay Leno’s Garage along with the Kevin Czinger, CEO and the founder of Divergent 3D, to explain all its intricacies.

Instead of the unibody structure most cars of today rely on, the Blade features the internal structure made of 3D-printed sections fused together using the patented process and reinforced with the carbon fiber elements.

The joining process involves 3D-printed tongue and the grooves and vacuum sealed bonding techniques. The result is the industrial strength structure that can be assembled in the matter of minutes, according to Divergent 3D.

Any type of body can then be placed over a structure, and all types of vehicles, and including motorcycles, are possible.

To ensure optimal weight and strength characteristics, a structure is composed of various materials: aluminum for the crash structures, titanium for the rigid components, and carbon fiber for the stiffness attributes.

Divergent 3D has also developed software and to design the optimal shape and composition for each of the sections.

Divergent 3D isn’t looking to become the automaker. Instead, it hopes to license its technology to the major automakers.

It is already working with France’s PSA Group to introduce 3D-printed metal components in mass-produced cars. We are sure more will follow.

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