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Ford powers up production for 3D printing

Leron Jones, an additive manufacturing technician, works on one of the 23 3D printers at Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. Ford Motor Co. Ford Motor Co.’s upcoming Mustang Shelby GT500, which will be revealed next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will be made with two plastic 3D printed plastic brake parts from its new Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Mich. On Dec. 4, the automaker showed off its 135,000-square-foot facility, where roughly 100 workers use augmented and virtual reality, robotics, digital manufacturing and 3D printing to hone Ford’s vehicle-building processes. Ford invested $45 million in the center as CEO Jim Hackett leads a companywide restructuring that emphasizes faster product development. “More than 100 years ago, Ford created the moving assembly line, forever changing how vehicles would be mass-produced,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations, said in a statement. “Today, we are reinventing tomorrow’s assembly […]

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