according to Ford is testing large-scale 3-D printing technology for car parts, which could allow drivers to customize cars for a lower price, the company said on Monday.
With 3-D printing, Ford could test out new designs, and even personalize parts like spoilers for individual customers, which at the moment would be costly.
Making a small batch of car parts at the moment is expensive and inefficient.
The U.S. automaker says 3-D printing could be a “breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing”, touting benefits including efficiency, lower costs, and the ability to test prototype parts and components for low-volume models like racecars.
As it stated in The Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer, as its name suggests, is capable of building a car part of any size.
Ford is partnering with Stratasys Ltd. to 3D-print prototype car parts and potentially specialty parts for low-volume cars in the near future.
Ford became the first automaker to pilot-test the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D system, which occupies a room at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
The Infinite Build printer can run unattended, although engineers can monitor it remotely by camera in case something goes wrong.
Not just low-strength partsIf you’ve a small 3D printer at work, it appears to turn out fascinating objects from plastics that can be warped by pressing hard.