Divergent Technologies, developer of the DAPS™ system to replace traditional vehicle manufacturing, has signed a long-term availability-based service level agreement (SLA) with SLM Solutions for its entire fleet of six SLM NXG XII 600 metal 3D printing systems to secure its AM-based business model. With a dedicated onsite Field Service Engineer, this availability-based agreement will ensure machine uptime.
Divergent and SLM have been joint development partners since 2017. Divergent Technologies, the global leader in driving the advancement of economical serial production for complex structures in the automotive and defence sectors, is collaborating with SLM Solutions. DAPS™, its end-to-end digital production system for design, manufacturing, and assembly, incorporates additive manufacturing to unleash innovation in the automotive industry, resulting in lighter, more energy-efficient, and less capital-intensive vehicles.
The LPBF-based AM industry has transitioned from research and single-part production to a serial production environment in recent years. To properly serve this industry, SLM Solutions has defined a new type of Service Level Agreement (SLA) based on the NXG XII 600 machines’ secured technical availability, as well as the residual machine portfolio.
“After years of intensive joint development that made series production a reality, we have now secured the production output commitment for our fleet of NXG XII 600 by signing this Service Level Agreement.” Gerhard Bierleutgeb, Chief Operating Officer of SLM Solutions, highlights that “The NXG XII 600 is designed to produce serial production for highly complex applications as well as for printing large parts. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide our customer base a white-glove service commitment to allow them to facilitate the machine according to their need. No idle printers here.”– Kevin Czinger, Founder and CEO of Divergent
SLM NXG XII 600
The SLM NXG XII 600 is an advanced system designed for industrial serial production of complex components. It has twelve 1000W lasers and the industry’s largest build envelope of 600x600x600mm3, allowing it to produce large-scale components that were previously impossible to produce.
Divergent’s first factory deployment will involve the production of thousands of complex, automatically assembled structures that will hit the road over the next two years. This will be followed by the expansion of its advanced facilities, which have been specially designed for sustainable production using DAPS™, including “fab-less” vehicle manufacturing, beginning with the fully homologated Czinger Vehicles 21C hypercar.
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