Divergent 3D: The Year in Pictures
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.
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.
Over the next 12 months, Divergent moved ahead full throttle. We received worldwide acclaim and were covered in hundreds of news media outlets.
Blade also made several TV appearances including BBC Horizon.
And Blade and our innovative technology behind it even landed us on the cover of Popular Science.
Blade turned heads and received celebrity status everywhere it went. On a trip to LA, Blade was given the Hollywood treatment.
And garnered the attention of A-list celebrities like Jay Leno, seen here talking to Kevin Czinger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 “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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Donna Loughlin Michaels
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.
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:
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.