Hydra Design Labs was part of the team making history by creating the world’s first 3D printed supercar – the Divergent Microfactories (DM) Blade. Through innovative technology and smart design, the DM Blade was stronger and more durable than traditional cars, with a smaller manufacturing carbon footprint. Along with CRD and Motivo Engineering, Hydra Design Labs was part of the team that built the Blade supercar. Hydra was responsible for all of the exterior and interior 3D CAD data and Class-A surfacing of the DM Blade project, along with fabrication and making all of the rapid prototypes for the vehicle.

World’s first 3D printed supercar

Divergent Microfactories is revolutionizing the way that cars are designed and produced, with the DM Blade – the world’s first 3D printed supercar. Through cutting-edge technology, smart design and innovative materials, the DM Blade was introduced as an ultra-lightweight vehicle that demonstrates how to minimize both the cost and environmental impact of manufacturing cars. DM’s advanced technology centers around 3D printed metal nodes and carbon fiber tubes that create a chassis that is up to 90% lighter than traditional cars, while also being much stronger and more durable.

The DM Blade also dramatically reduces material and energy use, reducing the carbon footprint caused by manufacturing processes. When looking at total emissions of a vehicle, including those from manufacturing, the DM Blade has one third of the environmental impact of any other electric car – it also happens to go 0-60 in about two seconds, boasts 700 horsepower and has twice the power-to-weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron.

“Technology and design are opening up entirely new ways to develop and produce vehicles, and the DM Blade is a great example of this. It was exciting to be a part of this history-making project and showcase a unique approach to making vehicles that focuses on reduced materials and energy use. This pathway is the future of supercars.” Jon Hull, CEO of Hydra Design Labs

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Divergent Microfactories

Date of launch


Provided services

  • CAD
  • Class-A Surfacing
  • Fabrication

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