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How Ford is using 3-D printing to save millions of dollars

3-D printing technology enables Ford ability quickly produce parts without dedicated tools increase quality its products save costs product development

3-D printing technology enables Ford the ability to quickly produce parts without dedicated tools, increase the quality of its products and save costs in the product development process. Each EcoBoost® engine now in Ford vehicles was initially developed with 3-D sand prototyping. | Jake Dylik~Ford Motor Co. photo

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Ford Motor is using 3-D printing to make prototypes of everything from air vents to cylinder heads, saving millions of dollars and shaving months off production.

The so-called “rapid manufacturing” process has played a key role in the Torrence Avenue Assembly Plant’s production of the Explorer and its EcoBoost engine. It uses software to render photos into designs that can “print” physical objects.

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