- Divergent created an end-to-end digital manufacturing platform that incorporates AM for mass production of automotive components and structures.
- The 3 SLM NXG XII 600s will support the increasing production demand by major global auto manufacturers implementing the Divergent Adaptive Production System®.
- Increasing their NXG XII 600 install base to six, Divergent will single-handedly have the most NXG XII 600 systems installed in a sole location in the United States to date.
Lübeck, Germany, October 11, 2021. Divergent Technologies harnesses the power of additive manufacturing to unleash innovation in the automotive industry, making them a global innovator in the advancement of economical serial production. They have developed a state-of-the-art Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS®), which will now be strengthened with the addition of three production SLM NXG XII 600 systems, following a years-long development partnership with SLM Solutions. Deliveries of the machines will start in Q1 2022.
SLM Solutions and Divergent Technologies entered a Joint Development Partnership in 2017. 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.
Kevin Czinger, Founder and CEO of Divergent and SLM Solutions Supervisory Board member, commented: “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.”
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.
Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions, highlights that the NXG XII 600 “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.
About SLM Solutions
SLM Solutions’ robust Selective Laser Melting® metal additive manufacturing systems optimize fast, reliable, and cost-efficient production for complex, completely dense metal parts. They focus on long-term success, providing support and knowledge-sharing to elevate customer production. A publicly traded company, SLM Solutions Group AG is headquartered in Germany with offices worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.slm-solutions.com
About Divergent Technologies
Divergent harnesses additive manufacturing to unleash innovation in automotive manufacturing. Their breakthrough technology platform transforms the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars. Divergent’s planet-saving manufacturing approach can be used for volume manufacturing without costly, traditional tooling and capital expenses, enabling manufacturers to quickly iterate and invent new vehicle models for competitive advantage.
For more information, please visit www.divergent3d.com
Czinger (pronounced “zinger”, with a silent c) is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2019 and named after its Founder and CEO, Kevin Czinger, the pathbreaking performance brand is built around a core ethos of using revolutionary technology to create vehicles that have dominating performance and iconic design.
For more information, please visit www.czinger.com