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CAR MAKER Ford has talked about the increasingly vital role 3D printing is playing in the design and development of its vehicles.
Chatting with The INQUIRER at its Research and Development centre in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ford explained how the firm has employed three different 3D printing models at its facility to tackle design problems and aid the prototyping stage in order to produce one-off components that would have previously required many resources and hours of work.
Using 3D printing, Ford can produce hard and soft sections of prototypes from up to three different types of resin measuring a maximum of 700mm. For example, the firm has used 3-D printing to produce a door handle and seat panels during development of the new B-Max, and front pillar trim and tailgate bump stops during development of the new Kuga. µ