French automaker giant PSA has been taking 3D printing seriously. The company signed a high profile partnership with Divergent, makers of a unique supercar with a metal 3D printed frame, to study AM for final part production. Now it is following BMW’s steps into mass customization with its new DS3 Dark Side edition.
However, while BMW mass customization focuses on more affordable polymers, the new DS3 Dark side will feature titanium 3D printed interior finishings. Until today only luxury vehicles from Rolls Royce or Bugatti had begun offering titanium 3D printed parts. PSA’s initiative on a mid-level priced cars indicates the market is posied to grow significantly.
The DS3 Dark Side mixes technology with style, featuring parametric design and titanium 3D printing for the interior opening controls. It even offers 3D printed accessories such as unique keys.
The project approached 3D printing and mass customization as a mean to increase premium branding for the new DS automobile segment within the PSA Group. The actual additive proudction of the parts is the result of a close partnership with Paris-based 3D printing service provider Spartacus 3D – which used EOS systems to 3D print the parts.