Ford looking into how car components could be printed…
The 3D printing revolution is on with vehicle manufacturers looking seriously at how the technology could help them cut production costs and complication into the future.
Ford is the latest car maker to talk about a future that includes a proportion of at least some 3D printing in car manufacturing and development.
An emerging technology for manufacturing?
The blue-oval brand recently took delivery of a Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer in the U.S. and are now trialling the technology.
They say at this stage they’re looking primarily at the feasibility of printing low-volume parts, such as those used as prototypes, on special edition cars and even for personalised car parts.
Ellen Lee, Ford technical leader for additive manufacturing research, says the technology could be very beneficial.
“With the Infinite Build technology, we are now able to print large tools, fixtures, and components, making us more nimble in design iterations,”
“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.”
The Ford trial comes after Renault recently announced it was looking at 3D printing metal components for truck engines (details here) and APWorks built an entire motorcycle from 3D printed parts (details here).