04 Sep Ford is starting to use 3D printers to produce spare parts
Ford announced a new way to manufacture parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D Printer. It is a room-sized machine that can produce parts of any shape and length and as large as a 6-foot rear spoiler. Ford is the first car maker to use the new 3D printing technology from Stratasys in it’s Research and Innovation Centre in the US.
Instead of waiting for a part that takes weeks to produce, it will be printed in just days at a much lower cost in the future. The company claims that printed parts can be lighter in weight than traditionally manufactured parts, and may help improve fuel efficiency.
“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.” *
However, 3D printing 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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*Source: Ford Media