Category Archives: Ford Motor Company

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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