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Ford reveals new rapid prototyping and low-volume production techniques [w/video]

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It’s called “F3T,” and that stands for Ford Free-form Fabrication Technology. The process that The Blue Oval has developed means being able to sidestep the weeks-long process of tool-and-die making when engineers want to construct a new part, allowing them to fabricate a three-dimensional part from a two-dimensional sheet of metal in just hours.

While F3T is being developed it is limited to “low-volume prototyping or even low-volume niche vehicles,” but the next step is to evaluate it for use in Ford’s global manufacturing facilities. You can find out more about it in the video and the press release below.

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