3D printing has become something of an industry staple with a number of manufacturers lately.
And Ford is looking to take that to a whole new level by 3D printing concepts of its models with sand.
The technical term for 3D printing is ‘additive manufacturing’, and has been embraced by Ford as it looks to streamline its manufacturing processes.
However the manufacturer has recently added sand to the creative process, which helps to create cast patterns and cores with a number of multiple printers.
The addition of sand allows Ford’s engineers to test pieces that feature a number of slight variations. Long-term, Ford hopes this will help the company to boost efficiency and reduce the time it takes to bring vehicles to market.
Ford has already tested its 3D sand technology on a number of its models, including the Ford C-Max, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Ford Explorer and more.
Ford has also tested 3D printing technology on its EcoBoost engine, particularly the 3.5 litre engine used in its popular Transit Van.
3D printing allows people to construct a 3D model of anything they see fit. It’s helped to produce some of the smallest, most intricate engine parts while others have also been known to create entire buildings with the technology.
Forbes has recently said that the additive manufacturing industry will reach $3.1 billion worldwide by 2016 and $5.2 billion by 2020.
3D printing has also risen in popularity with classic car owners, as they’re able to create small, obsolete parts for their vehicles (should they have the necessary designs and materials at hand).
It’s a technology that looks to be a key part of Ford’s future as the manufacturer looks to launch its One Ford programme across the globe.
People interested in learning more can contact Perrys Ford dealerships today.