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French automobile maker PSA strikes deal with Divergent 3D

  • Nimish Sany
  • 18 September , 2016

With 3D printing being rapidly put to use in the automobile industry, more and more vehicle manufacturers are exploring and adopting the possibilities of metal 3D printing. The latest being French automobile maker, PSA, who on Thursday inked a deal with Divergent 3D, a Los Angeles based 3D printing startup to develop 3D printing processes for its production lines.

The PEUGEOT FRACTAL Concept Car

The Peugeot Fractal Concept Car uses 3d printed interiors to ensure minimum noise interference. Image: 3dprint.com

In a move expected to produce lighter and profitable cars, Carlos Tavares, Chief Executive of PSA, the company which manufactures Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars, expressed that the move will “dramatically scale down the size and scope of our manufacturing footprint” and help manufacture more profitable and lighter vehicles.Daimler recently hit the news for planning to 3D print spare parts for its Mercedes Benz trucks worldwide. Ford is also, reportedly, exploring the possibilities of incorporating additive manufacturing into its manufacturing processes. Automobile industries have recently been attracted by metal 3Dprinting which offers flexibility in the designing, testing and manufacturing processes.  Describing the new deal, Divergent 3D says,” a software-hardware platform enabled by 3D printing that radically transforms the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars.”

Of lately, PSA has been successful in cutting down production costs and bought a sizeable stake in Divergent.  The manufacturer said the partnership with Divergent would kick off by building prototypes at its research center in Velizy, south-west of Paris. The company added that it plans to employ 3D printing for making spare parts and eventually for whole vehicle structures. 

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Nimish Sany: I bleed my thoughts on paper. And if I cant find a paper, blogs serve the purpose just fine.

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