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Ford Builds Metal Prototypes With 3D Printing

Design News -- Ford Motor Company is raising the stakes in rapid prototyping, making testable prototype metal parts ranging from brake rotors to transmission cases with three-dimensional (3D) printers.

Using technologies such as selective laser sintering, stereolithography, and 3D sandcasting, Ford engineers say they're able to build metal parts with the same material characteristics as those that are injection molded, and then employ them as "surrogate" parts in test vehicles prior to production. Doing so enables them to eliminate the time-consuming step of building an injection molding tool, thus cutting weeks from the process.

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Submitted Jan 13, 2013 By: doeslayersr
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sjf238
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 1:01:07 PM

Interesting.
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3D printing?
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 6:52:42 AM

Go Ford!
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ok
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:38:01 AM

Ford.. Still your NON-Government stockholder auto company.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:37:50 AM

Good move.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:23:13 AM

Cool...
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:19:54 AM

good use of this 3d print technology.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:19:40 AM

Go ford!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:18:49 AM

good for them
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:14:57 AM

That's the way to go.
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Cutting edge technology.
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Technology will save us all.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:10:07 AM

just cant get over Ford being such a " forward thinking organization" , good for them.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:10:02 AM

neat technology
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I think they're called "replicators" on Star Trek.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:08:43 AM

and how durable are the parts?
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:08:35 AM

I think they've been doing that for more than 10 years!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:08:05 AM

Good work Ford!
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Pretty cool stuff. I hope it works out.
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Some people gonna hit it big with this 3D printing.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:06:26 AM

Keep up the Good work FORD!
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:05:49 AM

Cost up or same?
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Innovation
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good job, Ford
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new technology
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Will it cost more?
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Technology is kewl!
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Ford does have a better idea.
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Cool.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:57:45 PM

Amazing stuff these 3dprinters!
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:52:10 PM

Good stuff. Productivity. ROI. Working smart.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:51:13 PM

Thats all fine and dandy, but will that equate to less expensive cars or fatter paychecks for the Ford CEO's
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:49:56 PM

cool
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the age of technology
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We are in a new age.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:42:53 PM

Cool article.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:42:01 PM

This sounds good in a story, but, what is the reality of it all? I know Ford builds good stuff, far better than Government Motors or the other one but how does this affect the cost?
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:37:58 PM

he's lucky to have a job
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:37:17 PM

my son graduated in june '12 with a degree in cad and the capability of using this technology. graduated on a saturday, started working on the following monday. very cool technology

wayoung56: maybe not obamamoney, but a lot of the students in his classes were given full free rides by the state of pa to attend b/c they were from 'low income' families. most were 'wasted' during class or spent their time surfing the web. only 3 of the whole class got jobs in their field.

[Edited by: drz614 at 1/13/2013 11:44:34 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:36:48 PM

cut the time ,cut the cost...for both business and consumers
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:33:06 PM

they had cad programs in the 80's for computers. don't see how printed page helps that much.
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Good way to increase there business.
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Cool!!! and entirely without NoBama's bailout money paid for a taxpayers expense...
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:32:09 PM

interesting
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I'm not sure I understand the process but I'm glad they are making it work.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:30:35 PM

ford leading the way.good job
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:25:21 PM

Ford does it without government help.
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Innovation, you gotta love it!
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:20:16 PM

hmmm
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Interesting, Ford seems to be working hard at innovation.
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