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Divergent now has six 12-laser metal 3D printers to produce its supercars – 3DPrint.com

Divergent technologieswell known for its 3D printed contributions to the automotive industry, announced that it has developed what it calls the “state-of-the-art” Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS).®), an end-to-end digital manufacturing platform that uses a data-driven method to design and print structures and components for vehicles. The company says its new solution, which represents its rise in additive manufacturing, could radically transform the environmental impact and economics of automotive manufacturing. This platform now packs a little more punch, as Divergent Technologies bought three NXG XII 600 production printers TDM solutions.

“The Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS) is a comprehensive hardware-software solution designed to replace traditional vehicle manufacturing,” explains the Divergent Technologies website. “To simplify the complex, it is a complete modular digital factory for complex structures. Given a set of numerical input requirements, the machine automatically designs, manufactures and additively assembles any complex structure. The system is able to move seamlessly between manufacturing different vehicle models. »

Divergent Technologies and SLM Solutions have had a joint development partnership since 2017, and Divergent has been using three of SLM Solutions’ pre-production selective laser fusion systems at its Los Angeles demonstration facility for nearly two years. As Divergent already owned three of the NXG XII 600 systems previously, that number of installed printers has now increased to six, making the company the model’s largest shareholder in the United States. In addition, the company also has seven SLM®500 systems, three SLM®280 systems and one SLM®125.

“The purchase of the SLM NXG XII 600 is the culmination of years of intensive joint development that completes the shift from prototyping to production of complex structures, when combined with the Divergent Adaptive Production System as the future of designing human AI and sustainable systems,” said Kevin Czinger, Founder and CEO of Divergente and member of the SLM Solutions Supervisory Board.

Divergent’s Blade supercar chassis. Image courtesy of Divergent Technologies.

The NXG XII 600, with a 600 x 600 x 600 mm3 construction envelope, is considered one of the fastest printers on the market: thanks to its twelve 1 kW lasers, SLM Solutions claims to be able to print from 5 to 20 times faster than its competing systems. With this level of speed, the system can efficiently print large components and consolidate, in addition to smaller components, in a single step, and Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions, said the NXG XII 600 was designed specifically “to be used in mass production for high volume applications as well as for printing large parts.

“The NXG XII 600 is the modern ‘da vinci’, creating mass production scale masterpieces, making it the ideal choice for advancing Divergent’s unique digital manufacturing platform. for the automotive industry,” O’Leary continued.

The SLM Solutions team gathered around the new NXG XII 600 system.

New NXG XII 600 system from SLM Solutions. Image courtesy of SLM Solutions.

With its three new NXG XII 600 advanced 3D printers, which are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2022, Divergent Technologies will be better able to meet the growing demand from global automakers using its DAPS. Initially, the company’s factory deployment will focus on 3D printing thousands of tons of complex auto-assembled automotive structures, which are expected to be on the road within two years. Next, Divergent will scale its state-of-the-art facilities, which have been designed – using DAPS – for sustainable production, beginning with the manufacture of “factoryless” vehicles. This second stage will begin with the official approval Czinger vehicles Hypercar 21C.