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Ultimaker Case Study: Reinventing efficient manufacturing using 3D printing

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Ford’s employees use many custom tools during their vehicles’ production. These are often designed for one specific task and model. Creating these tools externally takes a lot of time and is very expensive. To get tools faster, the team at Ford decided to pilot 3D printing as a possible solution.

A dedicated additive manufacturing team was founded, and they began a successful project using SLS technology. They had good results, but the prints needed some specific post-processing. That’s why Ford started using FFF technology from Ultimaker. It provided an even faster, more affordable solution with less hassle. This way, not only engineers but also local workforces are able to use a 3D printer to create the tools that they need.

Challenge
Ford uses custom tools during vehicle production,
often designed for one specific task and model.
Creating these tools externally takes a lot of time and is very expensive.

Learn how Ford was able to localize manufacturing, increased line uptime and optimize tool ergonomics through 3D printing with Ultimaker. 

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