PSA Group has recently signed a Strategic Partnership Letter of Intent targeting multiple joint development projects with Los Angeles-based Divergent 3D, a company dedicated to revolutionizing manufacturing with its proprietary software-hardware platform enabled by 3D metal printing.
Divergent 3D radically transforms the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as automobiles. PSA Group intends to develop a long-term relationship with Divergent 3D based on Divergent’s cutting-edge technology. Additive manufacturing has long been used throughout the auto industry for small-scale pilot programs focused on development of individual 3D-printed components for production.PSA 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 the Managing Board PSA Group, 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 about a radical change for our industry.”