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Ford Motor Company Using 3D Printing
The practice allows designed components to be lighter to improve fuel economy and performance
Ford Motor Company is always looking for ways to improve fuel economy and overall vehicle performance. The latest design idea is the use of a Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer. This practice enables Ford to produce large-scale parts and components using the printer. Ford is the first automotive manufacturer to use this technology with Stratasys, and the practice could lead to increased use of 3D printing practices on a larger scale.
Currently, Ford is using the technology to produce prototype components like spoilers, consoles, and the like, since the 3D printer can produce parts of almost any size. Instead of clay models, engineers are able to produce prototype parts and components using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer.
“With the Infinite Build technology, we are now able to print large tools, fixtures, and components, making us more nimble in design iterations,” said Ellen Lee, Ford technical leader for additive manufacturing research. “We’re excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology in order to help steer the development of large scale printing for automotive applications and requirements.”
According to Ford, the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer will be located at the company’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, MI.