Jigs and fixtures are a mainstay of manufacturing and make production and assembly processes simpler and more reliable, reducing lead times and improving worker safety. Ford Motor Company has compared 3D-printed jigs and fixtures to conventional machining, finding they take less time and cost a fraction to produce. With more than 30 years of experience in additive manufacturing, Ford’s Research & Advanced Engineering Center in Europe has now deeply integrated large-format 3D printing into its workflow to create custom manufacturing aids.
Learn what this integration looks like, as well as how Ford’s research center is innovating with printing processes and technologies. Plus, understand how Ford experienced ROI on its large-format system by implementing its first application.