Monday, July 8, 2013

Ford Creates Metal Prototypes in Hours Instead of Weeks

Ford Creates Metal Prototypes in Hours Instead of Weeks
WESTLAND, Mich. - Ford manufacturing has come a long way since its humble beginnings, as new technology now allows Ford to create metal prototypes in hours instead of weeks. Before, designers would sometimes have to wait weeks for the prototypes of new products; now, some pieces can be completed in a matter of 2-3 hours.

In Dearborn, MI, the Ford Research and Innovation Center has been inspired by the new 3-D printing practices that Ford has implemented into production. This first-of-its-kind technology, better known as the Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology (F3T), lowers cost and production times for prototypes.  Using F3T, Ford creates metal prototypes in hours instead of weeks by using this technology that functions somewhat like a printer.

Like a printer, it takes a file and uses this file to form the product. While a printer produces something through the use of layering, the F3T works a little differently.  This technology forms the sheet metal into the desired shape by clamping the sheet metal in place while a computer-controlled stylus moves over the sheet metal and presses where necessary.

This patented technology is allowing Ford to create prototypes at a much quicker rate, and will eventually make custom orders much easier. This could mean that custom-made orders will be more common on the road, as they will be cheaper and easier to produce.

We love that Ford is constantly coming up with new technology to make its vehicles more efficient and unique. If you're ready to check out what unique features Ford currently offers, stop by our Belleville Area Ford Dealership and let us help you into a New Ford Car or assist you with an Auto Loan. We love to help! North Brothers Ford, located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185, is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in Southeast Michigan committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at (888) 806-7163, our knowledgeable sales team will be happy to help!

To see for yourself how the F3T works, check out the Ford video at the bottom of this post.

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