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Divergent 3D: The Year in Pictures

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It’s been just over a year now since we first introduced Divergent 3D and Blade to the world at the Solid Conference in San Francisco… and what a ride it’s been.

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The Solid Conference was the public’s first opportunity to get up close and personal with Blade. The presentation from CEO Kevin Czinger on creating a sustainable path forward for the auto industry was a rousing success and kicked Divergent 3D into high gear.

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Over the next 12 months, Divergent moved ahead full throttle. We received worldwide acclaim and were covered in hundreds of news media outlets.

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Blade also made several TV appearances including BBC Horizon.

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And Blade and our innovative technology behind it even landed us on the cover of Popular Science.

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Blade turned heads and received celebrity status everywhere it went. On a trip to LA, Blade was given the Hollywood treatment.

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And garnered the attention of A-list celebrities like Jay Leno, seen here talking to Kevin Czinger.

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Blade was also the star of several videos including one shot on the landmark Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles, just days before the bridge was demolished.

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But there was plenty of substance to go along with all of Blade’s style. Divergent 3D received numerous recognition and awards including a Google Solve for X Moonshot for our breakthrough technology that solves a huge problem.

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We also took part in presentations with the next generation of Divergent thinkers, inspiring the youth of today who will create the technology of tomorrow.

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As we enter year two here at Divergent 3D, the future is bright. Our team remains focused to revolutionize car manufacturing and reduce its harmful environmental impacts on the planet.

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It’s been quite a ride for us at Divergent 3D over the last year and we’ve enjoyed meeting so many of you and sharing our vision for a cleaner, greener planet.

We’d like to thank you for your support and invite you all along for the ride as we continue to drive the future.

–Divergent 3D

Divergent 3D is always looking ahead and the future looks bright.  Cognizant that the millennial generation will continue to pave the way in technological innovations, Divergent 3D CEO Kevin Czinger happily accepted an invitation to speak at Lennox Academy, a STEM-focused charter high school in Lennox, California. 

Kevin and VP of Structural Engineering Tonio Martinez addressed 200 high school students, highlighting the company’s vision to not only reduce the pollution and production costs of auto manufacturing, but also put this technology in the hands of innovators.  Outlining the hazards of current vehicle manufacturing and explaining the need for a smarter alternative, they explained how a new technology base, coupled with 3D printing, has the potential to create a new world: “one with smarter, cleaner, and far more innovative products” that can improve our planet’s sustainability for future generations.

Both students and faculty members alike swarmed around the amphitheater to be photographed beside Blade.  Having printed 3D plastic models in their engineering classes, the students were in awe to see a car-size application of 3D printing technology.  Their excitement and fascination were apparent as they bore witness to what is achievable.  The key takeaway: what we can imagine today is well within the realm of possibility tomorrow.  We don’t look at where technology is today; we look at where it’s going.

And these students are the faces of the future.

We are delighted by their positive reaction and likewise excited for what is to come. The students at Lennox have a bright future ahead of them and we’re beyond thrilled to watch what they will create in the years to follow.

Lennox Academy Master h264 compressed from Wendy Cheng on Vimeo.

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Collaborative 3D Ecosystem Expands in the Greater Los Angeles Area

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – May 31 – Divergent 3D today announced its participation at the Morf3D Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center in El Segundo, California. The Innovation Center is an ecosystem of additive manufacturing companies in the greater Los Angeles area and is focused on “delivering value through strong collaboration and a hands-on customer experience.”

“The Innovation Center is made up of like-minded companies that understand the limitless potential of additive manufacturing,” said Kevin Czinger, Founder & CEO, Divergent 3D. “We’re excited to be working amongst these companies and look forward to the future innovation that will undoubtedly result from this joint effort.”

Divergent 3D will operate independently at the Innovation Center. The company will continue to focus on its patented Divergent Manufacturing Platform™ that incorporates 3D printing to radically transform the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars.

“As the additive manufacturing industry continues to evolve in the greater Los Angeles area, it has become evident that collaborating with disruptive companies such as Divergent 3D is a fantastic opportunity to expand our existing ecosystem,” said Ivan Madera, Co-CEO, Morf3D. “Our innovation center is bringing these companies together to inspire innovation in the additive manufacturing space.”

Divergent 3D has received universal acclaim for its disruptive, eco-friendly manufacturing platform. Blade, the first supercar built upon the Divergent platform has received worldwide attention for being one of the lightest and greenest supercars ever created. Divergent 3D is a Google Solve for X Moonshot and the winner of the Frost & Sullivan 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award.

For more information on Divergent 3D, visit www.divergent3d.com.

For more information on the Morf3D Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, visit morf3d.com/innovation.

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About Divergent 3D

Divergent 3D is dedicated to revolutionizing car manufacturing and reducing its environmental impact on the planet. Led by Founder & CEO Kevin Czinger, Divergent 3D has created the Divergent Manufacturing Platform™, which radically transforms the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars. Divergent 3D aims to put these new tools of production and innovation into the hands of teams all around the world, resulting in a sustainable path forward for the car industry and beyond. For more information, visit www.divergent3d.com.

About MORF3D

Morf3D is a fully integrated provider of additive manufacturing services focused on delivering innovative solutions that solve complex additive design and manufacturing challenges. Privately held with a team of interdisciplinary experts from Academia, Industry and Engineering, Morf3D’s Innovation Center is headquartered in El Segundo, CA, USA. To learn more, please visit www.morf3d.com.

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Divergent 3D “Crushes” It in Napa

Divergent 3D Founder & CEO Kevin Czinger and Blade took a trip up to Napa this week, but it wasn’t to visit one of the world’s finest wine regions. The duo was part of Xconomy’s Napa Summit 2016, a two-day event that brought technologists, business leaders, and investors together to explore what’s over the horizon in technology, jobs, and growth.

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Kevin gave a presentation on 3D-printed cars and the hazards of traditional manufacturing. Kevin talked about the need for “environmentally beautiful” vehicles that both “increase functionality and radically reduce the material and energy that goes into building those vehicles or other complex structures.” Kevin also stressed the importance of “building in a way that is very responsive to the environment and to consumers and the economy.”

One of the more dramatic moments in Kevin’s presentation was his story about a recent visit to Shanghai where he experienced firsthand the harmful effects of manufacturing pollution. Kevin recounted how his lungs ached for three days after he went out for a 30-minute walk against the advice of colleagues who warned him that the air was bad that day. Kevin concluded that unless there is dramatic change within the manufacturing industry, “we’re going to create an entire generation of young people that are going to have lower IQ’s, shorter life spans, and many, many more health problems.”

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Kevin went on to outline Divergent’s disruptive 3D approach to manufacturing and the technology behind it, including the creation of Blade to “show that the technology would withstand the demands of a supercar.” With Blade in attendance, attendees had the opportunity to take a test ride in the world’s first 3D-printed supercar and experience how Divergent 3D is creating a greener, lighter, and safer future for the automotive industry and beyond.

This week, Divergent 3D Founder & CEO Kevin Czinger had the honor of speaking at the Singularity University Executive Program. The event gathers visionaries, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives to lead discussions on current and future technological innovations that have the potential to disrupt and transform the world as we know it. Among the key focus areas at this conference: 3D printing.

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Andre Wegner, the founder and CEO of Authentise, that helps companies get their designs ready to be 3D-printed, set the stage talking about the disruptiveness of 3D printing before seguing into Divergent 3D’s technology, which he called “the most exciting thing to happen at Singularity in years.”

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Kevin shared with the audience Divergent 3D’s mission to revolutionize auto manufacturing. Showcasing the Divergent Manufacturing Platform™ and our proprietary Node™ technology, Kevin explained how Divergent 3D’s innovation radically reduces the materials, energy, and costs of manufacturing. But Kevin wasn’t done just yet. In the tradition of Steve Jobs, there was “one more thing…”

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To show just what was possible with Divergent 3D’s platform, Kevin took his discussion outside to let conference attendees get up close and personal with Blade, the world’s first 3D-printed supercar that is built upon Divergent 3D’s technology.  Kevin took questions from the audience about Blade and attendees were invited to sit inside the supercar and experience it for themselves.

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The theme of the Singularity event was “Disrupt or Be Disrupted.” Divergent 3D is proud to be in the “Disrupt” category, as we continue to strive to overhaul manufacturing from an economic, environmental, and creative standpoint. Our reception at Singularity was overwhelmingly positive and we had a great time meeting with like-minded individuals who share a common goal of developing technology to make a positive impact on the planet.

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Company Honored for Structural Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry for Its Disruptive Platform That Dramatically Reduces Pollution and Production Costs

Gardena, Calif. – May 3, 2016 – Divergent 3D today announced it has won the Frost & Sullivan 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award for Structural Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry. The Divergent Manufacturing Platform™ incorporates 3D printing to radically transform the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars. The Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award is presented to the company that has “demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that impact both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan for our innovation that stands to transform the automobile industry,” said Kevin Czinger, Founder & CEO, Divergent 3D. “This 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award is validation of our ongoing efforts to revolutionize car manufacturing by reducing the pollution and production costs of traditional manufacturing, resulting in a sustainable path forward for the car industry.”

According to Frost & Sullivan’s report on Divergent 3D, “an efficient and refined structural manufacturing technology in the automotive sector is needed” as four billion more vehicles will be produced by 2050. Frost & Sullivan calls Divergent 3D’s innovative approach to manufacturing a “dematerialized, high quality, and light weight chassis system which radically decreases vehicle pollutant emissions, withstands extreme forces, and delivers high performance with increased fuel efficiency, providing users with an excellent return on their investment.”

At the center of Divergent’s groundbreaking solution is the Node™, a 3D-printed alloy joint that connects standardized materials into modular, complex structures. The Frost & Sullivan report notes “the 3D printed Node technology uses less energy and raw materials than traditional methods, and allows manufacturers to quickly print and build complex structures without the need for metal tooling and stamping equipment.” Additionally, the weight of the Node-enabled chassis is up to 5x lighter than that of traditional cars, despite being stronger and more durable. Further, Frost & Sullivan state “the 3D Node technology has broad appeal and is expected to be used by automakers in Europe, Asia, and the United States in the next two to five years, and has the potential to set a benchmark through its installation in vehicles of all types.”

The Frost & Sullivan 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award is the latest recognition for Divergent 3D. The company was recently named a Google Solve for X “Moonshot” for its disruptive impact on global transportation. Divergent 3D was also the recipient of Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” award in the Auto category for Blade, the world’s first 3D-printed supercar. Blade is built upon Divergent’s revolutionary manufacturing platform and is considered one of the lightest and greenest supercars in the world.

For more information on Divergent 3D, visit www.divergent3d.com.

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About Divergent 3D

Divergent 3D is dedicated to revolutionizing car manufacturing and reducing its environmental impact on the planet. Led by Founder & CEO Kevin Czinger, Divergent 3D has created the Divergent Manufacturing Platform™, which radically transforms the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars. Divergent 3D aims to put these new tools of production and innovation into the hands of teams all around the world, resulting in a sustainable path forward for the car industry and beyond. For more information, visit www.divergent3d.com.

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It’s always an honor to receive industry recognition for our efforts to revolutionize auto manufacturing, and today we are proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan has selected Divergent 3D as the recipient of the 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award.

This annual award is presented to the company that has “demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that impact both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications.”

To achieve this award, we underwent a rigorous review process with Frost & Sullivan analysts independently evaluating and scoring two key factors: Technology Attributes and Future Business Value. Frost & Sullivan looked in-depth at the Divergent Manufacturing Platform™, our proprietary Node™ connectors, as well as the Blade supercar, the first vehicle built upon our technology. We received a score of 9 and 9.5 out of a possible 10 in the two categories, the highest score given amongst companies undergoing the same review process.

In its detailed analysis, Frost & Sullivan concluded:

“Divergent 3D’s advanced chassis architecture can easily be deployed in automotive and other applications to optimize performance, increase energy efficiency, and reduce life-cycle emissions. Frost & Sullivan’s independent analysis clearly shows that the technology will provide excellent customer value and increase their return on investment by reducing manufacturing and assembly costs.  Its technological achievements have earned Divergent 3D Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 North America Technology Innovation Award for Structural Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry.”

To read the entire Frost & Sullivan analysis, click here.

We are excited and proud to be honored with the 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award. As you can tell by the report, Frost & Sullivan took a deep dive into the core of Divergent’s technology before choosing us as the award recipient. It is yet another validation that our technology is not just disruptive, but stands to result in real positive change, not just for the automobile manufacturing industry, but, more importantly, for the world that we all live in.

  • Electromobility is not the solution to environmental problems
  • We need to build cars that use less material and energy while having greater functionality
  • Traditional automakers are held captive by massive capital investments in old technologies

There is a specter haunting the German car industry. Back in Silicon Valley, Apple, Google, Uber, Faraday and Tesla are planning a global offensive surrounding autonomous and electric cars. Will they disrupt this industrial pillar and triumph over VW, BMW and Daimler?

Is the German automobile industry ready for this revolution? Yes – but only if their executives are ready to think independently and not follow the hype. To quote Bill Gates’ favorite author and energy guru, Professor Vaclav Smil, “The Tesla is an utterly derivative overhyped toy for showoffs.”

The force of the future will be dematerialization

Today we are obsessed by automobile tailpipe emissions and autonomous driving. Those are small pieces in the automotive landscape mosaic and not the most important ones. Yet, they dominate the media and public perception. In our view, the force driving a revolution in automobiles over the next decade will be the dematerialization of automotive manufacturing coupled with large-scale implementation of crash avoidance systems.

Around two billion cars have been built over the last 115 years; and twice that number will be built over the next 35 to 40 years. The environmental and health effects will be enormous. Some think the solution is electric cars or other low- or zero-emission vehicles. The truth is, an 85 kWh electric SUV with a king-size-mattress-format battery weighing 2,400 kilos may not have a tailpipe, but it has an enormous impact on our environment and health. A far greater percentage of a car’s total emissions comes from the materials and energy needed to manufacture a car (mining, processing, manufacturing, and disposal), not the car’s operation.

How we make our cars is the bigger environmental issue

The conclusion from this is straightforward: how we make our cars is actually a bigger environmental issue than how we fuel our cars. We need to focus our innovation not just on automotive products, but equally on the process by which those products are made. Dematerialization – that is, reducing the materials and energy needed to build a car – is the only effective way forward. It will lead to far fewer emissions from both manufacturing and operation, much lower material and energy inputs in manufacturing, dramatically improved gas mileage, and lower wear on roads. It will also help reduce fatalities from car accidents: The U.S. National Traffic and Safety Commission’s research has shown that a reduction of 1,000 pounds in vehicle weight would lower traffic accident fatalities by 30 percent.

New technologies are helping our environment

Traditional automakers are held captive by the massive capital investments required to build cars using conventional methods. Every one of today’s car companies, from Toyota to Tesla, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in every car factory it has built. That means they must organize everything they do around generating a maximum return on that investment.

However, we now have a new technology base for industrial manufacturing. That base includes innovations such as 3D metal printing that German inventors and companies created and are rapidly driving forward. At Divergent 3D, we are focused on using this new technology base to radically dematerialize the design and manufacture of complex structures, such as automobiles. Our objective is to reduce the environmental damage cars cause by over 70 percent, lower capital costs for design and manufacturing 20 times or more, and dramatically accelerate innovation. A super-lightweight car built using this technology generates only a third of the total health and environmental damage of an 85 kWh electric car. We aim to drive that figure down even further. And it can be made locally and built to last. Ours is just one approach to the dematerialization process; there will be a number of others.

Stay open to new technologies

This is our humble and respectful message to the German car industry: Over the long term, focus on a life-cycle analysis that looks at total product impact on our planet, rather than simply tailpipe emissions. Within that life-cycle framework, experiment, test rapidly and innovate; be technology agnostic – be it related to drivetrains, electronics or manufacturing processes. Finally, always remember that when a technology becomes an ideology, we lose any chance of facing our challenges – including environmental degradation – in a rational and effective way. We are rooting for you to continue to lead, not follow, the hype. Build cars that use less material and energy while having greater functionality, affordability and Fahrvergnuegen. It is possible, and it starts with you!

This article was originally published by Xing in Germany.

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Since Divergent 3D’s inception, we’ve been on a mission to revolutionize manufacturing and provide a sustainable path forward for the automotive industry.

The world – and the biggest name in automotive tech – is taking notice.

Google’s Solve for X, a global community that aims to surface brilliant scientific innovations and technological breakthroughs that have the potential to solve humanity’s major problems, has given Divergent 3D “Moonshot” status.

Google’s definition of a Moonshot is a project or proposal that:

  1. Addresses a huge problem
  2. Proposes a radical solution
  3. Uses breakthrough technology

Being deemed a Moonshot is a great honor. Other recipients include PHDs, scientists, and researchers who are working to end disease and famine. To be included in such company is validation that what we are working on is important, significant, and substantial.

We are particularly honored to be the first and only vehicle manufacturer to be a Moonshot recipient. It’s no secret that Google is working on automotive innovations, so to be identified as cutting edge and radical by the company that sets the benchmark in tech is particularly gratifying.

We are thrilled to receive this endorsement and to be welcomed into the Moonshot community. It is testament to our technology’s potential, and commitment to reduce the environmental impact of auto manufacturing and contribute to a cleaner, greener planet. We shoot for the moon in everything we do, and to be recognized by Solve for X only motivates us further.

The cover for Robert Bryce’s book, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper, repeats its title five times in different sized font. Within the pages of the book, this mantra is continuously emphasized by capitalizing the words of the title wherever they appear—smaller is always Smaller, faster is always Faster, and so on. This stylistic trick is very revealing. Bryce’s book is a quick, easy-to-understand read, with clear signposting and a modern style. Its central thesis is also somewhat simplistic.

Bryce provides many examples of the human tendency to move toward smaller, faster, lighter, denser cheaper products, communities, and methods of production. We get quick walk through history with a look at everything from the printing press to digital communications to the movement of people into cities. This information is uncontroversial. Human progress and wealth is undoubtedly correlated with increased efficiency. However, the second part of Bryce’s thesis—that our ability to do more with less “continually proves catastrophists wrong”—is less well supported.

In order to justify his optimistic view, Bryce would have needed to prove that our collective drive toward Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper will minimize environmental damage by either:

  1. causing dematerialization, and/or
  2. creating a system of production that is so noninvasive and nonpolluting as to not be a problem.

Instead, his only argument to prove his thesis is to say that “density is green” and we have a tendency to move towards dense technologies.

Bryce spends much time arguing why various other “green” solutions won’t work. Specifically, he focuses on why any approach to energy that is not smaller, faster, lighter, denser, cheaper will fail, both for environmental and economic reasons. Solar and wind power only produce 1 watt per square meter. Enormous quantities of land would have to be set aside in order to effectively replace fossil fuels. Additionally, turbines are loud and kill birds, and there is something ironic about the growing food crops for fuel in countries that have problems with hunger. Therefore, while various green groups may champion renewables, they do so without acknowledging their crippling and wasteful inefficiency.

Meanwhile, oil is dense. Natural gas is also dense. Nuclear power is the densest. The areal power density inside the center of an average reactor is about 338 megawatts per square meter. That’s huge! If we embrace these solutions, energy use will become increasingly efficient. The one hiccup in the plan? Coal. Since we embrace cheaper even more than we embrace denser, and coal is cheapest, coal continues to dominate, despite being heavy and polluting. Therefore, we must make other options cheaper as well. This is quite feasible as long as excessive legislation does not stand in the way. In fact, the combination of natural gas and nuclear energy has already reduced America’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 54 billion tons over the last six decades.

Bryce declares himself an agnostic when it comes to climate change, writing only that carbon dioxide levels are rising. His emphasis on efficient energy has more to do with spreading smaller faster lighter denser cheaper ways of life to developing countries than saving our ecosystems. However, the question still stands: can density alone minimize environmental damage? Bryce does not attempt to answer.

Divergent Technologies is certainly smaller, faster, lighter, denser, and cheaper. Considering humankinds preferences and economic trends (as discussed by Bryce), we feel optimistic about the future of DM, even if we remain more concerned about the future of the planet.