Los Angeles-based startup firm Divergent 3D has partnered with French carmaker PSA Group to bring metal components which are 3D-printed to cars. In 2015 the company unveiled world's first 3D printed supercar, the Blade. It produces 700bhp and 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.
Divergent has developed a sustainable manufacturing platform which can efficiently produce complex metal components using 3D printing. PSA Group and Divergent has decided to do multiple joint development projects. PSA is the maker of Peugeot, DS and Citroën cars. American Giant Ford is also thinking to look into Divergent's technology.
PSA and Divergent will begin to make prototypes at PSA's Velizy research centre near Paris. According to them the benefits of 3D printing are, the vehicle structure will be lighter,safer, smaller, more streamlined manufacturing process and more cost-effective to produce.
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said, "We are very impressed by the promising new opportunities in Divergent 3D's technology. 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."