Ford Recognized For Work With Automotive 3D Printing

- Oct 25, 2018-

Ford is one of several major automakers already using 3-d printing.More recently, the company has been recognized for its work on 3D printing.For the first time, the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition held by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is recognizing additive manufacturing as a separate category, and Ford was the winner of all three finalist spots.

The parts that won Ford the finalist spots include a 3D printed injection mold lifter action used in the new Ranger pickup, a window alignment feature used in the 2017 Mustang convertible, and an assembly lift assist used to make the Escape SUV and Fusion sedan.These are not production parts - two for assembly and one for tools, but the technology is still integral to product development and manufacturing.

Ford began experimenting with 3D printing, using an SLA 3D printer to make complex prototypes. and its work has since evolved to using FDM, SLS and 3D sand printing. 

3D printed lift assist

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