How Ford is using 3-D printing to save millions of dollars
March 29, 2013 9:14AM
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 EcoBoostÂ® engine now in Ford vehicles was initially developed with 3-D sand prototyping. | Jake Dylik~Ford Motor Co. photo
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.