Ford 3D Prints 2015 Mustang Slot Car For International Race

Share this Article

Ford Motor Company, for over a century has been at the forefront of new manufacturing processes. After all, it was Ford, who was the first to introduce large-scale manufacturing of cars, via assemble-lines over a century ago. Ford continues to remain a leader when it comes to new manufacturing techniques capable of making products better, cheaper, and faster.

We have known for some time now that Ford has been utilizing 3D printing in the prototyping of parts for various vehicles. This has allowed the company to come up with prototypes in a fraction of the time it would take had they been using ford-1traditional manufacturing methods.  This allows them to get products production-ready much sooner. Although the company would one day like to 3D print entire components for their vehicles, or even 3D print entire vehicles themselves, such technology is still a ways off.

This doesn’t mean that Ford doesn’t continue to explore the possibilities that 3D printing has to offer, even if in a creative and fun way which they use for promotional purposes. Back in February they 3D printed a scaled down version of their 2015 Mustang, out of sugar and just recently have taken this approach up a notch.

For an international slot car race, in Detroit Michigan at RAPID 2014, which we discussed earlier, representatives from Ford were on hand to participate. With them they brought a 1:125 scale model of the 2015 Ford Mustang, which was 3D printed and made into a slot car. The race, which was sponsored by Materialise, was different than most slot car races in that it featured only 3D printed cars.

The 3D Printed 2015 Ford Mustang

The 3D Printed 2015 Ford Mustang

“The data came to us from the design studios which is basically just a sheet metal design so that we could put it onto our slot car chassis,” stated a Ford representative.

Once the design files were ready, they printed out the vehicle and painted it a nice blue color. The car performed well, and looked amazing.

“This event, along with all the other events we get involved with, highlights how Ford utilized 3D printing technology throughout the company. You can do far more iterations, tweaking the model, if you will, to get a better component for the consumers,” stated a Ford representative.

Certainly it is interesting to see major corporations using 3D printing as a promotional means, while also using it behind closed doors to help build the products many of us use on a daily basis. What do you think about Ford’s latest 3D printing promotion? Discuss in the 3D printed Mustang forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out the video below.

ford-feat

Share this Article


Recent News

Dyze Design Releases Typhoon­™ Fast Print Large-Scale 3D Printer Extruder

3D Printing Webinar and Virtual Event Roundup, July 13, 2020



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D printed automobiles

3D Printed Food


You May Also Like

JCRMRG’s 3D Health Hackathon Aims for Sustainable 3D Printed PPE

As we’ve mentioned many, many times over the last few months, the 3D printing community has really stepped up in a big way to help others as our world got...

Sponsored

Objectify and 3DPrint.com Partner to Launch Advanced Additive Manufacturing Webinar Series

Under the Objectify AddMics (derived: Additive Academics) initiative—from India’s largest additive manufacturing bureau—Objectify Technologies joins hand with one of the most followed 3D printing media houses in the world, 3DPrint.com,...

3D Printing Webinar and Virtual Event Roundup, July 7, 2020

We’ve got plenty of 3D printing webinars and virtual events to tell you about for this coming week, starting with nScrypt’s webinar today. 3Ding and Formlabs will each hold a...

Featured

Interview: Redefine Meat CEO’s Insight into New Alternative Meat & 3D-Printed Food

Amid lifestyle changes toward wellness and health, as well as an inclination of industries to adopt disruptive technologies, the 3D printed plant-based meat industry could go from niche to mainstream...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.