Published: 15 Mar 2017
Ford test 3D car part printing technology
For the past few years 3D printers have been the buzz theme when it comes to the introduction and utilisation of new technology. With this in mind Ford has announced that it has been undertaking experiments using 3D printer technology within its parts division.
Looking to introduce efficiencies as well as the introduction of personalised car parts, Ford has been testing the Stratasys Infinite 3D printer. Expected to become a $9.6bn industry by 2020, thanks in part to government support, Ford is positioning itself at the front of the marketplace. Offering energy savings in part due to the light weight nature of 3D printed parts, it will also offer savings for low volume parts that take up valuable warehousing space.
Speaking about the ongoing testing Ellen Lee, Technical leader at Ford, commented “With Infinite Build technology, we can print large tools, fixtures, and components, making us more nimble in design iterations”. While not ready for the production of high volume parts, Ford is looking to utilise it for low volume initially. As for the future, Ford is planning to use the technology to “help steer development of large-scale printing for automotive applications and requirements.”
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