Peugeot to Investigate 3D Printed Car Chassis: Page 2 of 2

Peugeot's makers PSA Group are partnering with Divergent 3D, US inventors of a radically different way to 3D print and assemble automobile chassis in volume.

outperfom the current structural materials used in the car industry."

Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board of PSA Group, said, "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." PSA group's three car brands are Peugeot, Citroën, and DS.

Altran says it will "provide support to accelerate implementation and licensing of its manufacturing technology platform across the continent as part of Altran’s new vehicle architecture initiatives." The firm has made a minority equity investment in Divergent 3D and will work with that company internationally as a strategic development partner, bringing its extensive relationships in the automotive and other industries. It is experienced in several industrial sectors, including automotive, aerospace, defense, and energy.

Ann R. Thryft is senior technology editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 29 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, and robotics. In the past, she's also written about machine vision and all kinds of communications.

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How are those graphite tubes anchored into those aluminum nodes? That is a very demanding application and total joint integrity is vital. Also, I am wondering how it is assembled, since assembling a triangular section with close fitting joints does not work, at least not with TinkerToys. So a bit of explanation would be useful.

Performing a weld repair on the aluminum parts while assembled to the carbon fiber will be impossible; the body would need to be removed from the frame so the frame can be disassembled for welding. This would be a very expensive repair; or will these cars be throw away items after an accident?

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