3D printing helps develop supercar for the road – and the mantelpiece

November 19, 2015

Owning your dream car is now possible for all, thanks to 3D printing – a technology that also is used to help develop the real-life cars on which the scale models are based.

Traditional test prototypes can be time-consuming, and require special tools.

3D printed prototypes can be made in a few hours, and that means significantly reduced development time, more experimentation – and more radical, innovative design.

Prototypes are used for everything from engine parts, to wheels, to detailing. For the Ford GT designers printed the F1-style steering wheel, and for the Mondeo Vignale, hundreds of different prototypes were tested for the hexagonal design in the front grille.

So how about getting your hands on your own Ford GT, Focus RS or Fiesta ST?

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There are more than a thousand models to choose from at the Ford 3D Store that sells officially licensed 3D-printable vehicle files, which can be delivered – or for those with a 3D printer – printed off at home.

Now that could just be the sound of Christmas being sorted for your favourite petrol head.

 

Topics: ford
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