01 Jan '13, 9pm

Ford takes 3D approach to sand printing: When it comes to making the cars we drive greener, there is much more t...

When it comes to making the cars we drive greener, there is much more to consider than simply exhaust emissions: including how the vehicles are manufactured. Near the top of the list is the use of 3D printing (pictured). Additive manufacturing is being embraced by Ford with many components of the Ford EcoBoost 3.5litre engine that is used in the Ford Transit Van developed with 3D rapid manufacturing. Among the parts developed using the technology included: brake rotors, oil pan, differential carrier, exhaust manifolds, cast aluminium oil filtration adaptors and more. In addition Ford is said to be creating a new variation of the technology: known as 3D printing with sand. This creates cast patterns and cores with multiple printers. With the technology, Ford allowed engineers to create a host of testable pieces featuring slight variations: this could boost efficiency and th...

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