Motoring

3D Printing car parts – Ford thinks so

EFTM had stacks to see and do during a week at both the SAP Lab and Ford Research & Innovation Centre in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley. SAP is a world leader in software and solutions and works closely alongside Ford with some fascinating visions being turned into reality.

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3D printing is nothing new, but with some of the predicted advancements, a new industrial revolution is on our doorstep. Within five years there’s an expectation that all manner of car parts could simply be printed. The speed of the process is a major hurdle right now but faster more accurate methods are just around the corner. Imagine one day having such a printer at home, downloading a part and simply printing it out.

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I saw a stack of car parts that had been crafted from these machines, plastic at this stage but the use of metals into the future is guaranteed.

Here’s a quick look at the process at SAP:

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Chris travelled to San Francisco as a guest of Ford

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