Ford 3D-printed auto parts save millions, boost quality


f you really think that it will be another 10-15 years before the automotive industry begins using 3D printed parts in actual end-use applications, you've not seen this report from Ford Motor Co. on how the company is embracing the technology.

"One day, millions of car parts could be printed as quickly as newspapers and as easily as pushing a button on the office copy machine, saving months of development time and millions of dollars," that's the projection coming from Ford Motor Co. about 3D printing technology. And the company should know. "Ford has responded quickly to 3D printing, using the technology to produce prototype parts, shaving months off the development time for individual components used in all its vehicles, such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds and air vents," the company stated.

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