A car base frame (chassis) made with Divergent 3D's materials and manufacturing technology.
A car base frame (chassis) made with Divergent 3D's materials and manufacturing technology.

PSA Group, which owns the Peugeot, Citroën and DS automotive brands, has agreed on a number of 3D printing projects with US-based Divergent 3D, which offers a proprietary software-hardware platform enabled by 3D metal printing.

While additive manufacturing (AM) has long been used throughout the auto industry for the development of individual 3D-printed components, PSA and Divergent 3D plan to develop the design and additive manufacture of overall vehicle structures in order to produce lighter and more cost-efficient vehicles.

‘We are very impressed by the promising new opportunities in Divergent 3D's technology,’ said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board of PSA Group. ‘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.’

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