Inside Ford’s new $45M Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan, the company is turning imagination into reality with the help of futuristic technologies. Ford will speed up prototyping of 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, and robotics before making the processes standard in its factories all over the world. The new facility will bring in approximately 100 technology experts into one place to focus on bringing the company into the future beyond its competitors. 

Driving the future of 3D printing in the automotive industry, Ford plans on using the technology to improve the manufacturing process while saving the company money at the same tine. The Advanced Manufacturing Center has 23 3D printers and are currently working with 10 3D manufacturing companies. Set to make its debut at the North American International Auto Show in January, the new 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 will have two 3D printed brake parts fitted to it. With the cost of 3D printing becoming more affordable, the production of 3D parts will start to be more common.

No longer are augmented and virtual reality things used by children to play video games. Ford is taking those technologies and plan on using them to design and simulate assembly lines. It’s something that Tony Stark would think of. This process will greatly help with the construction of plants without anything physical being placed beforehand. 

Over the years, Ford has made remarkable advancements in robotics with their collaborative robots dubbed “cobots” with over 100 spread around the globe in 24 plants. Some manufacturing processes done by hand can take an hour at a time, but with the help of a cobot, time and efficiency greatly increase. Ford believe that there is a definitely a need for both humans and robots in the automotive manufacturing process.

 

Source: Ford

Source: Motor1

December 6, 2018