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Ford Invests in 3D Printing

New technology could help cut costs on certain projects.

Ford is exploring how large-scale one-piece auto parts, like spoilers, could be printed, with a 3D printer, for both prototype production vehicles. The company is exploring a new technology from Stratasys called Infinite Build.

Capable of printing automotive parts of practically any shape or length, the technology 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 Ford Performance products, as well as personalized car parts.

“With Infinite Build technology, we can print large tools, fixtures and components, making us more nimble in design iterations,” said Ellen Lee, Ford Technical Leader, Additive Manufacturing Research. “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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