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Carbon and Ford partner to 3D print new durable end-use parts
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Jan 17, 2019 | By Thomas

Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company Carbon is set to partner with Ford in providing 3D printed polymer parts. The parts include Ford Focus HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Cooling) Lever Arm Service Parts, Ford F-150 Raptor Auxiliary Plugs for a niche market, and Ford Mustang GT500 Electric Parking Brake Brackets.

Ford Motor is making a big bet on futuristic technologies to help speed manufacturing innovation. The company has recently spent $45-million on its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township, Michigan, just west of Detroit. Now Ford plans to expand its collaboration with Carbon to design and produce several new end-use parts using Carbon’s 3D printers, proprietary Digital Light Synthesis technology, and innovative EPX (epoxy) 82 material. According to Ford, Carbon’s durable EPX 82 material passed Ford’s rigorous performance standards and withstood critical requirements such as interior weathering; short- and long-term heat exposures; UV stability; fluid and chemical resistance; flammability (ISO 3795); and fogging (SAEJ1756) for the selected applications.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ford Motor Company and are excited about the many opportunities to leverage the power of digital manufacturing to deliver durable, end-use parts with similar ? or better ? properties as injection molded parts,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-founder of Carbon. “The automotive industry shows significant promise for using digital fabrication at scale, and our work with Ford is a perfect example of the kind of innovation you can achieve when you design on the means of production.”

In November, Carbon announced radical price reductions for its most widely used resins, further expanding the addressable market for large-scale digitally manufactured parts.

The two companies showcased the 3D printed end-use parts today at the Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Workshop at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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