Ford’s F3T rapid prototyping technology could let you print your own car


Ford has pioneered a new manufacturing technology that it believes will slash the development time of new design prototypes to days instead of months. The Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology (F3T) uses two “stylus-type tools” that work together on opposite sides to transform a thin sheet of metal into a 3D prototype ready for use. If a designer wants to test a new chassis design, F3T is able to ‘print’ a prototype from a CAD file in hours, removing time-intensive die engineering, construction, and machining from the equation.

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