SLM Solutions Group AG, a global provider of integrated metal additive manufacturing solutions, and Divergent Technologies have signed a long-term Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the entire SLM NXG XII 600 fleet. Divergent Technologies’ end-to-end digital production system for design, manufacturing and assembly, DAPSTM, incorporates additive manufacturing to unleash innovation in the automotive industry, making vehicles lighter, more energy efficient and less capital intensive to produce. Since 2017, Divergent and SLM have worked together as joint development partners.
Over the last years, the LPBF-based AM industry has shifted from research activities and the production of single parts towards a serial production environment. To serve this industry properly, SLM Solutions has defined a new type of SLA which is based on the secured technical availability of the NXG XII 600 machines, as well as the residual machine portfolio.
Divergent Technologies and SLM Solutions have signed an availability-based SLA covering all six NXG XII 600 assets ensuring a machine uptime with a dedicated Field Service Engineer to be onsite.
“After years of intensive joint development that made series production a reality, we have now secured the production output commitment for our fleet of NXG XII 600 by signing this Service Level Agreement,” commented Kevin Czinger, Founder and CEO of Divergent.
“The NXG XII 600 is designed to produce serial production for highly complex applications as well as for printing large parts. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide our customer base a white-glove service commitment to allow them to facilitate the machine according to their need. No idle printers here,” said Gerhard Bierleutgeb, Chief Operating Officer of SLM Solutions.
The NXG XII 600 is a state-of-the-art system ideal for industrial serial production of complex components. It contains twelve 1000W lasers and the industry’s largest build envelope of 600 x 600 x 600mm³ – which enables the production of large-scale components that were previously unable to be made.
Divergent’s initial factory deployment will involve the production of thousands of complex, automatically assembled structures, which will be hitting the road over the next two years. This will be followed by the scale-up of its advanced facilities – specially designed for sustainable production using DAPSTM, including “fab-less” vehicle manufacturing, which will begin with the fully homologated Czinger 21C hypercar.