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Clare Goldsberry

October 3, 2016

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French auto giant PSA to integrate Divergent 3D manufacturing technology

When Divergent 3D debuted its 3D-printed automobile, the Blade Supercar, at the O’Reilly Solid Conference in June 2015, it introduced the world to a whole new way of manufacturing vehicles outside the boundaries of large OEMs. Divergent 3D (formerly Divergent Microfactories; San Francisco, CA) has created a software-hardware platform that radically transforms the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars.

The Blade, designed by Divergent 3D.

Divergent 3D is dedicated to revolutionizing car manufacturing and reducing its environmental impact through implementing and licensing its industry foundational IP and patent-pending technology. PSA Group (Paris), comprising Peugeot and Citroën, announced on Sept. 15 that it signed a Strategic Partnership Letter of Intent with Divergent 3D to implement Divergent’s technology in its manufacturing processes with the objective of becoming a global leader in efficient automotive manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing (AM) has long been used throughout the automotive industry for small-scale pilot programs focused on the development of individual 3D-printed components for production. PSA Group and Divergent 3D, in contrast, are partnering to transform the design and manufacture of overall vehicle structures with the objective of building lighter, structurally safe, more cost-efficient and environmentally responsible automobiles.

Carlos Tavares, Chairman of PSA Group’s Managing Board, stated: “We are very impressed by the promising new opportunities in Divergent 3D’s technology. We’re convinced that these spectacular advances in 3D printing will help position PSA Group as a leader in automobile manufacturing. This has the potential to dramatically scale down the size and scope of our manufacturing footprint, reduce overall vehicle weight and build complexity, while also giving us almost limitless flexibility in design output. We are talking a radical change for our industry.”

Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of Divergent 3D added: “PSA Group is a powerful, long-term strategic partner for Divergent 3D, enabling us to accelerate the introduction of Divergent’s technology into the global auto market.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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