US:  3D printed autos are now a step closer to reality image

There is reason behind the idea of having a car 3D-printed – it could be configured on the spot and then produced right in front of the customer’s eyes. And there are other, numerous, advantages.

According to a California-based company that has recently showcased a prototype of a supercar that was built using the technology, the 3D-printing process could massively slow “the pollution, materials and capital costs” that are required for constructing a normal vehicle. And now, another company, from Phoenix, says it will soon bring to life the design of a “road-ready” 3D-printed car. The rather crude, initial, version of the model was showcased last year during a trade show in Las Vegas – also taking the audience through the process of making it. These moves, alongside many others, show there is large progress being done in the emerging field, in which a car would be built immediately after the customer expressed his preferences, which are programmed into the machines that can make the necessary components from a large base of materials.

The Blade is the supercar produced by San Francisco-based Divergent Microfactories, with the company claiming it to be the first ever 3D-printed supercar. The model is also green enough as it has utilized eco-friendly materials such as aluminum joints and carbon fiber tubing to deliver the chassis in minutes and with less usage of the materials. The company would deliver just a few units per year, being at the cutting edge of the industry. Meanwhile, Local Motors, plans to build 3D-printed cars using carbon-fiber reinforced ABS plastic that should cost from $18,000 to $30,000.