REDFORD, MI—Ford Motor Co. announced last week that its 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will have two 3D-printed brake components. The announcement was made at the automaker's new $45 million Advanced Manufacturing Center here, reports MotorAuthority.com.
The new GT500 won't be the first Ford to include a 3D-printed part, however. In China, the company's F-150 Raptor includes an interior component sourced from a 3D printer. And, at the automaker's Michigan Assembly Plant, 3D printers helped made sure that the 2019 Ranger production launched on time and validate quality controls.
Overall, the company operates 90 3D printers to produce parts and tools for production processes. Ford purchased its first 3D printer back in 1988.
The company's Advanced Manufacturing Center houses more than 20 3D printers, and Ford works with 10 different 3D printing companies to develop applications for future vehicles and components. Nylon, sand, and carbon are a few of the materials Ford is experimenting with today. The company says one application under development could save it $2 million per year.