Divergent Technologies, creator of the Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS) and parent company of 3D printed supercar maker Czinger Vehicles, announced that it has appointed General Peter Pace, retired chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), to its board of directors. Pace was appointed as the 16th chairman of the JCS by George W. Bush, and served in that capacity between 2005 and 2007.
In its most recent announcements, Divergent has deliberately signaled the company’s accelerating expansion into the defense market. Namely, last month, Divergent touted its partnership with nuclear firm/defense contractor General Atomics, through which DAPS is being used to print entire drone fuselages. (Last week, at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference, that partnership was the subject of a presentation delivered by representatives from both companies.)
For anyone who still doesn’t think that the next decade of the future of AM lies in public spending in general, and military spending in particular, this development needs to serve as a reality check. Certainly, the US government has for years already been the largest single spender in the American AM market. However, the scale of spending has still, thus far, largely stayed within what can be thought of as an “R&D range.”
When it comes to AM, the US military is only just now entering a range of spending characterized by regular yearly procurement schedules. Without getting into any exact numbers, just going off of the sheer number and monetary scale of projects announced so far this year: the difference between the new range of spending and the previous range of spending is going to be bigger than the difference between that previous, R&D range, and the pre-2012 years, when the military spent barely anything on AM, at all.
Especially against the geopolitical backdrop of increased advanced manufacturing flexing between the American and Chinese governments, the appointment of a former JCS chairman to the board of an advanced manufacturing company is a move deliberately conceived to make a statement. It also suddenly elevates Divergent to the highest echelon of AM companies that are plugged into the government procurement pipeline. Along those same lines, given the complexities and concerns over domestic manufacturing requirements for the EV tax credit law, I wouldn’t be surprised if, soon enough, Divergent is printing EV batteries for Detroit.
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from the 3D printing industry and receive information and offers from third party vendors.
You May Also Like
Spanish Clothing Company Mango Backs Ziknes 3D Printed Furniture Made with Recycled Materials
With its trendy and affordable designs that resonate globally—and €2.3 in annual revenues—Mango is boldly stepping into the realm of innovation and technology. Through its Mango StartUp Studio accelerator, the...
3D Printing News Briefs, November 25, 2023: Housing, Seed Funding, & More
We’re starting with additive construction news in this Thanksgiving weekend edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, and then moving on to seed funding and a Memorandum of Understanding. Finally, we’ll...
Dyndrite Advances 3D Printing Materials at Formnext 2023
Dyndrite has teamed up with Constellium, Elementum 3D, and Sandvik to launch the industry-led Materials Consortium for additive manufacturing (AM). This collaborative initiative is meant to democratize the landscape of...
1000Kelvin’s AI-Powered Autocorrect for 3D Printing Now Commercially Available
1000Kelvin, the US-Germany software as a service (SaaS) startup specializing in AI-powered solutions for additive manufacturing (AM), has announced the commercial launch of its signature AMAIZE platform at Formnext 2023...
Upload your 3D Models and get them printed quickly and efficiently.