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Ford Cut Production Time 25% with 3D Printing

(The Inquisitr) 3D printing has helped Ford cut production times significantly when it comes to cylinder heads, brake rotors and rear axels for test vehicles. Production time for one type of cylinder head, used in its fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines, is cut down from four to five months to three, shaving 25% to 40% off production time. Earlier casting methods required that the mold be cut from sand; 3D printing allows Ford to skip the cutting process and pour the metal directly into the molds.

Ford even believes that in the future, their customers will be able to print replacement parts for their vehicles at a local 3D printer within hours.