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How Ford Reinvented Manufacturing with 3D Printers

Since its foundation in 1914, Ford has driven innovation in automotive manufacturing.

Since its foundation in 1914, Ford has driven innovation in automotive manufacturing. From inventing the moving assembly line 115 years ago – also known as Fordism – to today’s use of additive manufacturing, Ford is constantly thinking ahead to accelerate vehicle manufacture through increased productivity, ergonomics, and quality control.

Ford’s employees use many custom tools during their vehicles’ production. These are often designed for one specific task and model. Creating these tools externally takes a lot of time and is very expensive. To get tools faster, the team at Ford decided to pilot 3D printing with Ultimaker as a possible solution.

Now, Ford is placing Ultimaker 3D printers in factories all over Europe, such as in Spain, Italy, and Romania.

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