Ford Exploring 3D Printing for Prototypes and Low-Volume Production Vehicles

Published by , March 10, 2017 1:08 pm

(InAutoNews)  The Ford Performance unit is exploring the use of 3D printing technology to craft tools, prototype parts and components for low-volume production vehicles. The automaker now has a new Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn and has started exploring if using such futuristic techniques might provide a breakthrough in vehicle manufacturing by delivering a more affordable way of crafting intricate components. Ford uses as an example a 3D-printed spoiler which has the potential to weigh half compared to a cast metal counterpart, thus making the car a bit more fuel efficient.
“With Infinite Build technology, we can print large tools, fixtures and components, making us more nimble in design iterations. We’re excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology,” commented Ford technical leader of additive manufacturing research Ellen Lee.

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