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Ford Motor plans to use 3D printing technology for making large auto parts

With light-weighting & personalisation in mind, Ford to use Stratasys 3D printer for this project

BS B2B Bureau  |  Dearborn, Michigan (USA) 

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Motor Company aims to become the world’s first automaker to use 3-D printing technology to make large-scale one-piece auto parts, like spoilers, for prototyping and future production vehicles. As part of this exercise, it is working on a pilot project using the Infinite Build 3D printer.

Capable of printing parts of practically any shape or length, the Infinite Build system could be a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing - providing a more efficient, affordable way to create tooling, prototype parts and components for low-volume vehicles such as Performance products, as well as personalised car parts. The new 3D printer system is housed at 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. We are excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology to help steer development of large-scale printing for applications and requirements,” said Ellen Lee, technical leader, additive manufacturing research.

Wider adoption of has been driven by recent technology advances, new areas of application and government support, according to Global Industry Analysts. By 2020, the global market for this emerging technology is expected to reach $ 9.6 billion, the organisation reports. As becomes increasingly efficient and affordable, companies are employing it for manufacturing applications in everything from aerospace to education to medicine.

could bring immense benefits for production, including the ability to produce lighter-weight parts that could lead to greater fuel efficiency. A 3D-printed spoiler, for instance, may weigh less than half its cast metal counterpart.  

The technology is more cost efficient for production of low-volume parts for prototypes and specialised race car components. Additionally, could use to make larger tooling and fixtures, along with personalised components.

With 3D printing, specifications for a part are transferred from the computer-aided design program to the printer’s computer, which analyses the design. The device then goes to work, printing one layer of material at a time, then gradually stacking layers into a finished 3D object.

When the system detects the raw material or supply material canister is empty, a robotic arm automatically replaces it with a full canister. This allows the printer to operate unattended for hours – days, even.

“Using traditional methods to develop, say, a new intake manifold, an engineer would create a computer model of the part, then have to wait months for prototype tooling to be produced. With technology, can print the intake manifold in a couple of days, at a significant cost reduction,” said Motor highlighting the benefits of in a press release.

The is not yet fast enough for high-volume manufacturing, but it is more cost efficient for low-volume production. Additionally, minus the constraints of mass-production processes, 3D-printed parts can be designed to function more efficiently.

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Ford Motor plans to use 3D printing technology for making large auto parts

With light-weighting & personalisation in mind, Ford to use Stratasys 3D printer for this project

With light-weighting & personalisation in mind, Ford to use Stratasys 3D printer for this project
Motor Company aims to become the world’s first automaker to use 3-D printing technology to make large-scale one-piece auto parts, like spoilers, for prototyping and future production vehicles. As part of this exercise, it is working on a pilot project using the Infinite Build 3D printer.

Capable of printing parts of practically any shape or length, the Infinite Build system could be a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing - providing a more efficient, affordable way to create tooling, prototype parts and components for low-volume vehicles such as Performance products, as well as personalised car parts. The new 3D printer system is housed at 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. We are excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology to help steer development of large-scale printing for applications and requirements,” said Ellen Lee, technical leader, additive manufacturing research.

Wider adoption of has been driven by recent technology advances, new areas of application and government support, according to Global Industry Analysts. By 2020, the global market for this emerging technology is expected to reach $ 9.6 billion, the organisation reports. As becomes increasingly efficient and affordable, companies are employing it for manufacturing applications in everything from aerospace to education to medicine.

could bring immense benefits for production, including the ability to produce lighter-weight parts that could lead to greater fuel efficiency. A 3D-printed spoiler, for instance, may weigh less than half its cast metal counterpart.  

The technology is more cost efficient for production of low-volume parts for prototypes and specialised race car components. Additionally, could use to make larger tooling and fixtures, along with personalised components.

With 3D printing, specifications for a part are transferred from the computer-aided design program to the printer’s computer, which analyses the design. The device then goes to work, printing one layer of material at a time, then gradually stacking layers into a finished 3D object.

When the system detects the raw material or supply material canister is empty, a robotic arm automatically replaces it with a full canister. This allows the printer to operate unattended for hours – days, even.

“Using traditional methods to develop, say, a new intake manifold, an engineer would create a computer model of the part, then have to wait months for prototype tooling to be produced. With technology, can print the intake manifold in a couple of days, at a significant cost reduction,” said Motor highlighting the benefits of in a press release.

The is not yet fast enough for high-volume manufacturing, but it is more cost efficient for low-volume production. Additionally, minus the constraints of mass-production processes, 3D-printed parts can be designed to function more efficiently.
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Ford Motor plans to use 3D printing technology for making large auto parts

With light-weighting & personalisation in mind, Ford to use Stratasys 3D printer for this project

Motor Company aims to become the world’s first automaker to use 3-D printing technology to make large-scale one-piece auto parts, like spoilers, for prototyping and future production vehicles. As part of this exercise, it is working on a pilot project using the Infinite Build 3D printer.

Capable of printing parts of practically any shape or length, the Infinite Build system could be a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing - providing a more efficient, affordable way to create tooling, prototype parts and components for low-volume vehicles such as Performance products, as well as personalised car parts. The new 3D printer system is housed at 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. We are excited to have early access to Stratasys’ new technology to help steer development of large-scale printing for applications and requirements,” said Ellen Lee, technical leader, additive manufacturing research.

Wider adoption of has been driven by recent technology advances, new areas of application and government support, according to Global Industry Analysts. By 2020, the global market for this emerging technology is expected to reach $ 9.6 billion, the organisation reports. As becomes increasingly efficient and affordable, companies are employing it for manufacturing applications in everything from aerospace to education to medicine.

could bring immense benefits for production, including the ability to produce lighter-weight parts that could lead to greater fuel efficiency. A 3D-printed spoiler, for instance, may weigh less than half its cast metal counterpart.  

The technology is more cost efficient for production of low-volume parts for prototypes and specialised race car components. Additionally, could use to make larger tooling and fixtures, along with personalised components.

With 3D printing, specifications for a part are transferred from the computer-aided design program to the printer’s computer, which analyses the design. The device then goes to work, printing one layer of material at a time, then gradually stacking layers into a finished 3D object.

When the system detects the raw material or supply material canister is empty, a robotic arm automatically replaces it with a full canister. This allows the printer to operate unattended for hours – days, even.

“Using traditional methods to develop, say, a new intake manifold, an engineer would create a computer model of the part, then have to wait months for prototype tooling to be produced. With technology, can print the intake manifold in a couple of days, at a significant cost reduction,” said Motor highlighting the benefits of in a press release.

The is not yet fast enough for high-volume manufacturing, but it is more cost efficient for low-volume production. Additionally, minus the constraints of mass-production processes, 3D-printed parts can be designed to function more efficiently.

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