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McLaren Automotive forms 3-D printing partnership

Posted on 10 Jul 2024. Edited by: John Hunter. Read 353 times.
McLaren Automotive forms 3-D printing partnershipMcLaren Automotive has announced a multi-year collaboration with California-based industrial digital manufacturing company Divergent Technologies, Inc (Divergent). The collaboration will further develop the usage of additive manufacturing (AM) to enhance vehicle performance, sustainability, and production efficiency.

Divergent’s unique approach to the design and manufacturing of complex structures will allow McLaren to integrate new and more complex designs into its vehicle architecture, while achieving better manufacturing efficiencies and supporting a more sustainable supply chain. Initially, McLaren Automotive will use the Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS) to 3-D print chassis components for its next generation supercars, allowing the company to further reduce weight and improve dynamic performance — all areas which are core to the McLaren DNA.

Transformational vehicle design

The agreement marks the beginning of a relationship between the two companies with the shared objective of furthering adoption of DAPS in the automotive industry to deliver transformational vehicle design and performance for customers.

Michael Leiters, McLaren Automotive CEO, said: “We are excited to work with Divergent who, like McLaren, have demonstrated a commitment to manufacturing and engineering innovation. This technology will help us to further reduce weight in our complex structures, which will ultimately benefit the driving experience of our customers and support McLaren’s mission to push the boundaries of performance.”

Divergent CEO Kevin Czinger said: “Our collaboration speaks to McLaren’s commitment to adopting the highest-performance technology to push the envelope on customer experience. DAPS offers automotive manufacturers the means to harness computing power to deliver fully optimised, digitally manufactured structures with unparalleled design freedom.”