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World’s First 3D Printed Supercar is Unveiled – 0-60 in 2.2 Seconds

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The automobile industry has been relatively stagnant for the past several decades. While new car designs are released annually, and computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the manufacturing processes and the effects that these processes have on our environment have remain relatively unchanged. Over the past decade or so, 3D printing has shown some promise in the manufacturing of automobiles, yet it has not quite lived up to its potential, at least according to Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of a company called Divergent Microfactories (DM).

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Today, at the O’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, Kevin Czinger is about to shock the world with a keynote presentation he will give titled, “Dematerializing Auto Manufacturing.”

“Divergent Microfactories is going to unveil a supercar that is built based on 3D printed parts,” Manny Vara of LMG PR tells 3DPrint.com. “It is very light and super fast — can you say faster acceleration than a McLaren P1, and 2x the power-to-weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron? But the car itself is only part of the story. The company is actually trying to completely change how cars are made in order to hugely reduce the amount of materials, power, pollution and cost associated with making traditional cars.”

The vehicle, called the Blade, has 1/3 the emissions of an electric car and 1/50 the factory capital costs of other manufactured cars.  Unlike previous 3D printed vehicles that we have seen, such as Local Motors’ car that they have printed several times, DM’s manufacturing process differs quite a bit. Instead of 3D printing an entire vehicle, they 3D print aluminum ‘nodes’ which act in a similar fashion to Lego blocks. 3D printing allows DM to create elaborate and complex shaped nodes which are then joined together by off-the-shelf carbon fiber tubing. Once the nodes are printed, the chassis of a car can be completely assembled in a matter of minutes by semiskilled workers. The process of constructing the chassis is one which requires much less capital and other resources, and doesn’t require the extremely skilled and trained workers that other car manufacturing techniques rely on. The important goal that DM is striving for, and it appears they have accomplished, is the reduction of pollution and environmental impact.

Individual 3D printed aluminum nodes

Today, Czinger and the rest of the team at Divergent Microfactories will be unveiling their first prototype car, the Blade.

“Society has made great strides in its awareness and adoption of cleaner and greener cars,” explains CEO Kevin Czinger. “The problem is that while these cars do now exist, the actual manufacturing of them is anything but environmentally friendly. 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 forward 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.”

Assembling of the 3D printed nodes and carbon fiber tubing to construct the chassis

The Blade is one heck of a supercar, capable of going from 0-60 MPH in a mere 2.2 seconds. It weighs just 1,400 pounds, and is powered by a 4-cylinder 700-horsepower bi-fuel internal combustion engine that is capable of using either gasoline or compressed natural gas as fuel. The car chassis is made up of approximately 70 3D printed aluminum nodes, and it took only 30 minutes to build the chassis by hand. The chassis itself weighs just 61 pounds.

“The body of the car is composite,” Vara tells us. “One cool thing is that the body itself is not structural, so you could build it out of just about any material, even something like spandex. The important piece, structurally, is the chassis.”

Kevin Czinger, Founder and CEO, Divergent Microfactories, Inc. with the Blade Supercar

The initial plan is for DM to scale up to an annual production of 10,000 of these limited supercars, making them available to potential customers. This isn’t all though, as DM doesn’t merely plan on just being satisfied by manufacturing cars via this method. They plan on making the technology available to others as well. On top of selling these supercars, they will also sell the tools and technologies so that small teams of innovators and entrepreneurs can open microfactories and build their own cars, based on their own unique designs. Whether it is a sedan, pickup truck or another type of supercar, it is all possible with this proprietary 3D printed node technology.

Pre-painted Blade supercar

The node-enabled chassis of cars built using this unique 3D printing method, are up to 90% lighter, much stronger, and more durable than cars built with more traditional techniques. Could we be looking at a great ideology change within the automobile manufacturing industry? Lighter, stronger, more durable, more affordable, environmentally satisfying vehicles are definitely something that just about anyone should consider a step in the right direction.

3D printing has been touted as a technology of the future, for the future, enabling individual customization of many products. Now, the ability for entrepreneurs to enter an industry previously overrun by huge corporations could mean a future with individualized, custom vehicles which perform and appear just the way we want them. If Divergent Microfactories has a say, this will be our future, and that future isn’t too far off.

pre-painted Blade supercar

 

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Spine-Chilling Clown Portraits By Eolo Perfido Will Give You Nightmares

Clownville, a photo series featuring grotesque portraits of terrifying clowns, is the photographic nightmare of French-born photographer Eolo Perfido. Perfido says he was inspired by silent film stars like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, who were forced to exaggerate their emotions because they were unable to speak.

Modern clowns first appeared in the late 18th century and were associated with circuses and comedy. The word itself comes from a Scandinavian linguistic root meaning “clumsy, boorish fellow.” This is why Perfido’s photography is so shocking—he’s transformed something funny and joyful into a vulgar terror.

Eolo Perfido now lives in Italy. His work has been featured in magazines such as NY Times, Communication Arts, Panorama First, Vision, Vogue Russia, GQ Russia, L’Espresso and Computer Arts. Valeria Orlando did the makeup for Clownville.

More info: eoloperfido.com | valeriaorlando.com | Facebook | Flickr (h/t: featureshoot(NSFW))

 

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Steampunk Animal Sculptures Made Of Scrap Metal By Hasan Novrozi

Hasan Novrozi, a talented sculptor trained in Iran, has created a wonderful collection of steampunk animals sculptures that are full of life and emotion – despite being painstakingly assembled from thousands of metal tools, automotive components, and other pieces of scrap metal.

In addition to his epic Pegasus statue, he has also created other creatures in a variety of styles, all of which are stunning!

His more heavily-welded animal sculptures remind us of these magical animal sculptures by Ellen Jewett, while his steampunk pegasus reminds us of these life-like steampunk animal sculptures by Igor Verniy.

Novrozi also sculpts with clay and other media, so check out his Facebook!

More info: Facebook (h/t: kevlaryarmulke)

 

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25 Extremely Beautiful Minerals And Stones

”Mineral” is not the first thing to come to mind when you hear the word “beauty,” and that‘s a pity because they look so, so pretty. This selection of some of the most beautiful minerals and stones in the world will be a feast for your eyes.

mineral is a “naturally occurring substance that is solid and inorganic representable by a chemical formula, and has an ordered atomic structure.” Rocks, unlike minerals, don’t have a specific chemical composition, and can be made of both minerals or non-minerals. Although there are over 4,900 known types of minerals, the ones here are just the most beautiful ones that we and our readers could find.

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Monster Boxes That Will Protect Geeky Travelers

If you’ve ever had a problem identifying your luggage at the airport, the Fine Line Workshop in Pennsylvania will fix that for you – they’ve got a line of leather-clad ‘monster boxes’ that are hard to miss and look like they carry a serious bite.

Each hand-made box is decorated by sculpting leather over a wooden box. Glass eyes, fake teeth and paint transform them into ‘mimic’ creatures from the Dungeons and Dragons table-top roleplaying game that trick adventurers into approaching them by disguising themselves as treasure chests.

The workshop, run by artist Mellie Z, uses fantasy and RPG elements heavily in their work, so if this is something you’re into, be sure to check out their Etsy shop for tons of other leather products!

More info: finelineleatherdesign.com | Etsy | Facebook (h/t: demilked)

Boxes like these and more can be found on Fine Line Workshop’s Etsy store.

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Photographer Shoots Angry Lion Photo Moments Before It Jumped At Him To Attack

Atif Saeed, a nature photographer in Pakistan, just had a close encounter with a lion and captured it all on camera! A lion at a safari zoo park near Lahore locked eyes with the photographer, and right before the lion charged at him, he managed to capture these menacing and stunning photos.

According to Saeed, he got out of his jeep to take a few photos of the lion but the lens’ sound attracted his attention. “I was thinking – I must show the character and status of lion and this was the only way I could think of to achieve this,” Saeed told the Dailymail. The lion approached to as few as 10 feet before it jumped at the photographer and he scrambled back into his jeep.

I was sitting in front of him just near my car and the door of my car was open. I was sat on ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey… I was laughing at that time, but now when I think back about the incident I don’t think I would be able to do it again. It was a pretty close encounter.

More info: 500px | Facebook | Flickr (h/t: dailymail)

“I was sitting on the ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey”

“The story finished in few seconds as the lion aggressively jumped towards me and I just about scrambled into my car”

Mom Captures Powerful Photos Of Her Fearless Daughters To Show That ‘Strong Is The New Pretty’

Kate Parker, a photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia, is proud of her two daughters (Ella, 9, and Alice, 6) and takes beautiful photos to capture them the way she sees them – as beautiful warriors. The name of her photo series is fitting – “Strong Is The New Pretty.”

“I wanted this series of images to show their boldness, their strength and the beauty in them, as they are,” Parker writes on her website. “My girls know that who they are is just perfect. Their silly, adventurous, frustrated, happy, LOUD, athletic, fierce, funny selves. They don’t need to have their hair done, clothes matching, or even be clean to be loved or accepted. Strong is the new pretty.

Parker has also created a fascinating photo series about a group of 7th-grade girls in Georgia who challenge gender roles by playing football against the local boys every weekend. For this and other great photo projects, check out her website!

More info: kateparkerphotography.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter (h/t: huffpost)

Kate Parker takes empowering photos of her two fearless daughters Ella (9), and Alice (6)

“They don’t need to have their hair done, clothes matching, or even be clean to be loved or accepted”

“My girls know that who they are is just perfect.”

“Their silly, adventurous, frustrated, happy, LOUD, athletic, fierce, funny selves”

“We love them as they are, loud, dirty, competitive…just like my parents loved me for being um, the exact same way”

“Strong is the new pretty”

“I wanted this series of images to show their boldness, their strength and the beauty in them, as they are”

 

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12 Couples That Prove Love Lasts Forever

 

Life’s all about the little moments.

Meet 11 couples who have immortalized their love on their Polaroid Blipfoto Journals. Here are their pictures of celebrating life’s Big Moment.

More info: polaroidblipfoto.com

“We knew within weeks of meeting we would marry and I have never once regretted it. It hasn’t all been plain sailing but the tough times have only made me appreciate this wonderful man I call my husband even more.” – SarahK

“I wish I’d known then how quickly the last 25 years would pass so I could have taken the time to slow down, pay full attention and really cherish every moment.” – Damnonii

“He suggested to have a coffee together, I said “no” first but he didn’t give up and suggested twice more… He was very kind… I accepted and had coffee with him! We continued to see each other and decided to get marry three months later!” –Aynil

“She’s still finding out who I am. It would be boring to have all the information from the start.” – SaraEvans

“The dress is size 10: I am size 12. The dress is 38 years old: I am 63. The dress has done in its life, a days work: I have had three changes of career and raised two wonderful girls. No wonder the dress still looks good!” – clickychick

“If I had realised how truly fortunate I was to have had the most amazing wife I would have been even more excited about our future life together.” – CannyScot

“What we know now that we didn’t know then? Well, that we would have a lovely son and daughter and that we would put so much weight on! (I would never get into that wedding dress now!)” – Jeanneb53

“I am wearing the same jacket, which mysteriously did not do up, and the same earrings – woo hoo, something still fits!” –Kagsy65

“It is still a source of amazement that, although we were both very young when we married, and knew practically nothing, we thought we knew everything we needed to know. Perhaps we did. What we were both certain about was that it would all work out. And I think it is safe to say that it has.” – Wildwood

“Glyn has just recently retired and we are starting our lives together all over again, he is still full of wit, full of fun and full of love for me and our family, we enjoy everyday we have together… If I knew then what a know now’? I wouldn’t change a thing !!!” – MollyMay49

“I’d have skipped down the aisle a lot earlier if I’d known how much fun, happiness, and joy we’d have together! When people ask us how long we’ve been married, we reply, ‘Not long enough!’” – DDW

“Here we are, almost 44 years after our wedding. To my amazement, the wedding dress still fits… well, I was able to squish into it.” – Anneli

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Geometric Line Tattoos By Chaim Machlev Elegantly Flow Across The Human Body

The incorporation of modern art into tattoo design is gaining steam world-wide, and one of the tattoo artists at the forefront of this movement is Chaim Machlev, whose beautiful line tattoos often look like complex geometric simulations that we’d normally expect to see on a computer screen.

Though he also creates beautiful geometric tattoos and tattoos with traditional artistic elements, the Berlin-based artist’s signature tattoos are broad and sweeping ribbons and lines that trace the bodies of their clients like trails of cigarette smoke. He previously worked as an IT manager, beginning his tattoo work in 2012, so we’re wondering if his designs might have been influenced by coiled cabled or bouncing screensavers.

For other great modern tattoo work, check out these cubist tattoos tattoos by Expanded Eye!

More info: dotstolines.com | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: mymodernmet)

Wind Turns Frozen Sand Into Alien Towers On Lake Michigan Shore

Owing to a unique confluence of weather conditions, photographer Joshua Nowicki encountered an extraordinary sight when he went for a walk on the shore of Lake Michigan near the city of St. Joseph last weekend – bizarre towers of sand standing as tall as 12in (30cm).

It turns out that the towers were a unique combination of the intense cold and the wind blowing off of the enormous lake. The wind eroded the frozen sand, leaving behind these curious wind-blasted towers.

The beautiful spectacle was short-lived, however – when he returned later to capture more photos of the strange phenomenon, they had already been melted by the snow.

More info: Facebook | Smugmug (h/t: colossal, earthsky)