APPLICATION AUTOMOTIVE

Divergent to Accelerate Serial Production with new SLM NXG XII 600s

Czinger 21C Hypercars
Above: Two Czinger 21C Hypercars ready before the (now cancelled) GIMS 2020/Image Credit: Czinger

Divergent Technologies, harnesses the power of additive manufacturing to unleash innovation in the automotive industry, announced the purchase of three SLM NXG XII 600 systems from SLM Solutions to ramp up serial production. The delivery of these three systems will begin in Q1 2022.

Divergent Technologies has developed a state-of-the-art Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS®), which will now be strengthened with the addition of three production systems.

The Partnership

3D printed chassis
Above: Divergent’s revolutionary 3D printed chassis structure were produced on SLM Solutions’ machines like SLM®800, SLM®500 and SLM®280/Image Source: Divergent Technologies

SLM Solutions and Divergent Technologies have an existing Joint Development Partnership since 2017. The aim was to develop AM processes to move from prototyping to production. For the last 1.5 years, Divergent has been operating with three SLM Solutions pre-production systems in its showcase facility in Los Angeles, California, which enabled them to accelerate the development and time to market of the next generation machines.

The three additional NXG XII 600 systems will bring their install base for this printer to six, making them the largest shareholder of this model in the United States. This new fleet of NXG XII 600s will join their current install base of seven SLM®500 systems, three SLM®280 systems, and one SLM®125 system.

“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 human-AI design and sustainable systems.”

– Kevin Czinger, Founder and CEO of Divergent and SLM Solutions Supervisory Board member

SLM NXG XII 600 System

SLM NXG XII 600 3D Printer
Above: SLM Solutions NXG XII 600 3D Printer/Image Source: SLM Solutions

The game-changing SLM NXG XII 600 is equipped with twelve 1kW lasers, making it the fastest machine on the market. It’s capable of printing at speeds 5-20x faster than that of the current state-of-the-art and features a build envelope of 600 x 600 x 600 mm3, which enables efficient manufacturing of both large and consolidated components and many smaller components in one elegant, digital step. Taken together, these and numerous other advancements of the next generation system deliver a step-change in productivity from legacy systems, widely seen as a critical step towards broader production application of digital manufacturing technology.

Talking about the NXG XII 600 systems, Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions, highlights that, “It is designed to be used in serial production for high-volume applications as well as for printing large parts.  The NXG XII 600 is the modern day “da vinci”, crafting masterpieces at serial production scale, making it the ideal choice for advancing Divergent’s unique digital manufacturing platform for the automotive industry.”

Divergent’s initial factory deployment will involve the production of thousands of tons of complex, automatically assembled structures, which will be hitting the road over the next two years. This will be followed by the scale-up of its advanced facilities, specially designed for sustainable production using DAPS®, including “fab-less” vehicle manufacturing, which will begin with the fully homologated Czinger Vehicles 21C hypercar.


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