Ford is using personal 3D printers for next generation research and development. In the video below Zac Nelson of Ford introduced how 3D printer helped with prototype designs of a gearshift. With a 3D printer he can print out the prototype and check the look, size and dimension, feel in the hand and from there to refine the digital design.
Ford plans to provide every engineer a Makerbot replicator 3D printer in the coming months. So far only employees at Silicon Valley Lab in Palo Alto, Calif have Makerbots. And the most popular areas they are in use today at Ford are in the Vehicle Design and Infotronics group, reported by gigaom.com.
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