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3D Printed Car Manufacturer Makes Questionable Claims?

Electric700

Active Member
May 21, 2013
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Florida, United States
On Divergent Microfactories' site, there is a claim that the manufacturing process of a 3D printed gasoline-powered car they make is, from an emissions perspective, 3 times better than an EV. Isn't this statement false, and certainly so when the EV factory and EV are both powered by solar/wind energy? The company in question is due to begin selling their 3D printed car soon.

Here is the link:

Divergent Microfactories | Dematerializing Auto Manufacturing
 

Jaff

Active Member
Aug 15, 2010
3,135
326
Grimsby, Canada
From their site...

"THE REAL PROBLEM

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."


Uhhh, no, the fact that cars in general are not terribly green to manufacture is "a" problem, not "The" problem...the real problem is the emissions from the "daily use / operation" of ICE vehicles and the continued exploration / manufacture of an ICE vehicle's fossil fuel.

What a bizarre claim (more emissions from the manufacture of said ICE vehicle vs emissions from the lifetime operation of said ICE vehicle...)
 

voyager

Member
Apr 28, 2009
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534
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Been to their site. Bold claims like:

-Up to 90% lighter than traditional vehicles with more strength and durability.
- Vehicles built by smaller local teams reduce costs, time, and enhance quality.
- A stronger, lightweight vehicle means less wear on roads and fewer accident fatalities... Oh, really?

Anyway, I always thought that the main efficiency is in the mass-producing of vehicles. Divergent is talking about built by local teams...
 

deonb

Active Member
Mar 4, 2013
4,061
4,359
Redmond, WA
I complained about the 25mpg thing on their site, so they "fixed" the graph.

Now instead of the fuel economy of an EV being 25mpg, it's 85kWh.

Sigh.
 
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Mookuh

Member
Feb 9, 2012
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85 kWh... per car? per 100 miles?

Anyway, I'm sure they will find plenty of people to drive their "ultra light weight, 0-60 in 2 seconds"
Leaving aside the fact that this is most definately vaporware, with "up to 90% lighter" and the speeds they advertise, the car actually taking off into the air would be a real problem.
Also "Took less than 30 minutes to assemble the chassis". Means we can buy the thing at IKEA?
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,894
Toronto, ON
I complained about the 25mpg thing on their site, so they "fixed" the graph.

Now instead of the fuel economy of an EV being 25mpg, it's 85kWh.

Sigh.

Yeah... that's like showing the mileage of the gasoline car as "25 gallons". If they can't even figure this out, I'm very skeptical of their other claims.
 

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