Ford and Daimler Are 3-D

Ford Motor may have a mammoth research, development, and engineering budget of $5.3 billion, but it also recognizes the value of spending micro amounts to invigorate its innovation. Recently, Ford engineers have utilized open-source 3-D printers made for the home market to improve their development process for new vehicles. In Ford’s Silicon Valley lab, engineers email design files for small parts such as gauges and gear shifts to their counterparts in Dearborn, Mich. The Dearborn engineers then use the files to generate plastic, three-dimensional prototypes on a desktop 3-D printer that can be ordered off the Internet from MakerBot Industries at a cost of $2,200. Continue reading

17. February 2013 by objectblog1
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