Category Archives: Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEWS: SOLIDWORKS users at SOLIDWORKS World 2019

SOLIDWORKS World continues to demonstrate the capabilities of CAD. With the broad range of software­­ tools enabling industrial additive manufacturing, I interviewed a range of SOLIDWORKS users at the event in Texas this week. “Unifying the design world” As one of the keynote speaker of SOLIDWORKS World 2019, Jim Mckelvey, Glassblower and co-founder of Square, […]

Preview AMUG 2019: conference keynote speakers

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) annual meeting brings together experts and leaders from across the AM world. In a crowded calendar of 3D printing events, AMUG has become well established as a must attend conference for anyone serious about additive. 3D Printing Industry will of course be returning to AMUG as attendees and media sponsor […]

Ford creates “largest 3D-printed metal part” for a vehicle in five days

Ford Performance, the high performance division of Ford Motor Company, has additively manufactured what its claims “the largest 3D metal-printed part for a working vehicle in automotive history.” The aluminium manifold inlet, 3D printed on a Concept Laser X LINE 2000R from GE Additive, took five days to complete. Neither Ford nor Hoonigan have revealed […]

Ford creates “largest 3D-printed metal part” for a vehicle in five days

Ford Performance, the high performance division of Ford Motor Company, has additively manufactured what its claims “the largest 3D metal-printed part for a working vehicle in automotive history.” The aluminium manifold inlet, 3D printed on a Concept Laser X LINE 2000R from GE Additive, took five days to complete. Neither Ford nor Hoonigan have revealed […]

Desktop Metal welcomes former General Electric CEO to Board of Directors

Desktop Metal, a Burlington, Massachusetts based metal 3D printer manufacturer, has announced that the former Chairman and CEO of the General Electric Company, Jeffrey Immelt will join the company’s Board of Directors. Immelt joined GE in 1982, fresh from an MBA at Harvard. In 2001, Immelt succeeded Jack Welch as CEO of GE. Of today’s […]

3D Printing News Sliced Ford, PyroGenesis, Collplant, MIT, Royal DSM

Today, in our Sliced roundup of all the latest 3D printing industry news, we take a look inside some 3D printed houses, uncover progress on the coveted field of organ 3D bioprinting, and collect the latest materials and hardware releases to keep you, the most well informed readers in the industry, up to date. News […]

Inside Ford’s 3D Printing Lab

(ComputerWorld) Ford Motor Company is dependent on 3D printing to invent new vehicle parts. Ford’s five 3D prototyping centers churns out more than 20,000 parts annually. Ten years ago, Ford 3D printed perhaps 4,000 prototype parts for its vehicles. Ford’s 3D printers range from something the size of a large refrigerator to a small truck. The 3D printers range in price from $250,000 to high six figures. Before 3D rapid prototyping, manufacturers had to send blueprints to a machine shop, which could take weeks to produce a part. Once the part was delivered, it would often have to be modified, which would require successive models for the machine shop. Today, engineers use CAD software to draw parts, which are then downloaded to 3D printers that can turn them out in hours.

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