California-based sports car maker Czinger is gearing up for the next phase of its operations. Following the success of its 21C hybrid supercar, which set lap records around the world, the company is now preparing to deliver the 21C to customers later this year. In addition to this, Czinger has announced partnerships with automotive and aerospace companies to use its innovative manufacturing techniques. The key to the 21C’s performance lies in its unique construction process that utilizes 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and artificial intelligence (AI) to create strong and lightweight components.
Czinger’s manufacturing arm, in collaboration with parent company Divergent, uses 3D-printed parts and an innovative manufacturing process to build the 21C supercar, which comes with a price tag of around $2 million. Now, the company is leveraging this technology to produce parts for outside partners, including Aston Martin, Mercedes, and over 30 aerospace companies. Recently, Czinger signed a deal with General Atomics. This expansion into manufacturing parts for other companies has allowed Czinger to collect additional fees and generate more revenue.
Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of Czinger, recently discussed the design and production process of the 21C during a media event in New York City. He explained how AI is used to generate designs that meet crash and durability requirements, ensuring optimal performance. These designs are then 3D printed and assembled by a robotic system. The company refers to this as a “digital assembly system,” which involves a robotic octopus with multiple arms that weld and glue parts together in a circular assembly area.
Czinger’s son, Lukas Czinger, who is also the company’s COO, highlighted the intricate design of the parts that make up the rear subframe of the 21C. This area represents the use of generative design, AI-driven processes, novel aluminum alloys, 3D printing, and fixture assembly. Lukas Czinger revealed that this particular section of the vehicle alone consists of around 450 patents.
With 80 customers already placing orders for the C21 supercar, Czinger needs to expand its operations rapidly. The company plans to build 30 additional facilities by the end of the decade to design, fabricate, and build custom parts on a larger scale. With over $700 million raised to date, capital shouldn’t be an issue for Czinger and Divergent.
Overall, Czinger’s innovative manufacturing techniques, combined with its partnerships with major automotive and aerospace companies, highlight the growing demand for additive manufacturing and 3D printing in the industry. The success of the 21C and the company’s plans for expansion indicate a promising future for Czinger and its unique approach to car manufacturing.