3D Printing is Crucial to Fort Motor Company
(Daily Finance) 3D printing plays a very important role in Ford’s design process, a role that’s sure to be expanded in the future. In a highly competitive industry like autos, Ford knows it needs any competitive advantage it can get and 3D printing could help ensure its survival.
In a world where every second matters, time has become the ultimate commodity for businesses competing in the marketplace. 3D printing typically reduces Ford’s lead times for prototyped parts by one to two months. One of Ford’s future 3D printing strategies involves utilizing direct metal printing, which could help lessen lead times even further. Ford is already a customer of ExOne’s S-Max 3D sand printer, so it seems plausible that Ford will extend its relationship into ExOne’s direct metal line of 3D printing.