It is hard to think how Kawasaki could make the Ninja H2 more modern, considering the bike’s supercharged engine, radical aerodynamics, and plethora of electronics. But, that didn’t stop the minds at Divergent 3D, a company that is specializing on making vehicles with 3D printing technology.
We have talked about 3D printing here at Asphalt & Rubber before, a technology that when the economies of scale finally take hold of it, should turn several industries on their heads.
For the Divergent 3D Dagger, you can see that the frame, swingarm, and fuel tank are built using Divergent’s 3D printing technology, which uses additive manufacturing to create metal-alloy nodes, and carbon fiber tubes to connect them, when applicable.
In the case of the Divergent 3D Dagger, our best information is that the machine’s chassis comprises solely of metals that have been 3D printed, sans the carbon fiber tubes that can be found on the company’s Blade supercar, though it wouldn’t be hard to change the design of the frame to employ carbon fiber.
For now, the Divergent 3D Dagger isn’t meant to be a road-going production machine. Instead, it is to act as a mouthpiece, to show what Divergent 3D can achieve.
Divergent 3D must be doing a good job of it, as the startup has landed an agreement with Groupe PSA, the parent company of Peugeot and Citroën, to aid in car manufacturing.
Now with Divergent 3D Dagger, it will be interesting to see if any motorcycle OEMs enlist the Californian company’s services. Or, at the very least, copy its manufacturing ideas. Time will tell.