Is not the first time that you are talking about attempts to print 3D elements – or much – a car, but said the fact there is a long way, and many things to show, especially in that which has to do with security, also in connection with traditional methods of creating profitability.
What we teach you today is a car, but also a new system of creating the skeleton of the body of the vehicle, based on 3D printing. Blade It is the name of the protagonist of our story, and De Microfactories managers to implement new technology and give shape to the creature.
De has gone directly to the segment of the Supercars, since they are considered to try your new way to build cars must be made in a demanding field. Once shown, it will be easy to move the process more simple cars, and possibly sell the idea to another bigwig.
A new way of creating vehicles
What was said, What is actually printed in 3D is the chassis or main structure of the vehicle, where they will rest the rest of elements – engine, seats, body-, which are created from traditional way, but with many of them you could make an approach to the field of printing.
In De Microfactories intended to be responsible to the environment also has to do with the element creation systems, not just vehicles propulsion system
For the creation of components, is passed from the typical plastic resin to the aluminum, with one printing system based on laser working metal powder. It is able to create modules for connection of tubular elements, called “nodes”. These links will give place to carbon fiber tubes that form the skeleton.
Kevin Czinger, responsible for all this, the automotive industry has been quite stagnant in recent decades, significant advances in the design of the elements, but not so much in the manufacturing processes. CEO estimates that assemble a factory of creation as which they are giving way, would not be for more than $ 10 million.
With Blade, they want to demonstrate that they can create a supercar with the ratio of a Bugatti Veyron, reduce materials, energy and pollution. In short, a new way of creating the basis of a vehicle.
Performance at the highest level
To demonstrate that the system of creation can give fitted to a supercar, they decided to put a four-cylinder engine capable of developing in Blade 700 horses, and that feeds both gasoline and natural gas. It is built in aluminum, and it is derived from a Mitsubishi EVO.
The 2.4-liter engine has been developed by AMS Performance, and it is able to register at a speed to 100 km / h in little more than 2.2 seconds. It could be led for 400 kilometres with him in mode gasoline and more than 100 km on gas. Benefits that have nothing to do with the golf carts that others are printing.
Also it is possible to study new forms of propulsion in the future, as the integration of batteries and play with the hybridization, or go directly to be all-electric. As a curiosity, the CEO of the company already had a company that was engaged in this field, without much success.
Assemble the chassis by hand, like a LEGO, would not take more than half an hour
The weight of the whole, which is only has much of blame on the performance 635 kilos. There are at least 70 printed pieces as which I have described above, with a lower total weight to the 45 kilos.
On coil elements, carbon by their renowned properties, but is also in order to not make the printing process too, hence only carrying with him what are the parts of connection.
The bodywork and other elements which rest on the chassis are built in composite or composite material with which to get the union of different properties. But it’s really important for the structure of the vehicle, and it could not built or printed with other materials.
Once created the set, the next thing you have to do is demonstrate that it is robust, and that complies with the safety regulations there in the major countries. It will also be interesting to see how live the passage of time the complex puzzle of elements.
Will it sell?
Would like to De Microfactories produce 10,000 units a year, to be a special vehicle, you seem me many. For now there is nothing about prices or dates of availability of Blade.
But what really interests the company is license your sophisticated printing system, do others make use of its technology. While the idea evolves, we hope that a satisfactory conclusion, we can know him better in the following Gallery: