Jumping on the growing trend of three-dimensional printing, Ford Motor Company is now looking into the potential to print large-scale, one-piece auto parts. The 3D-printed pieces, printed using the Stratasys Infinite 3D printer, would be utilized for prototyping and future production vehicles for the first time.
Considering its capacity to print virtually any length or shape of automotive parts, the Stratasys is the optimal piece of technology to pioneer 3D vehicle manufacturing. The process would eventually facilitate greater efficiency and affordability to craft tooling, prototype parts and other materials for Ford Performance products and more. Currently, the all-new 3D printer system takes residence at Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn.
“With Infinite Build technology, we can print large tools, fixtures and components, making us more nimble in design iterations,” Ellen Lee, Ford's technical leader of additive manufacturing research, said. “We’re excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology to help steer development of large-scale printing for automotive applications and requirements.”
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