Fri 18, Jan 2019
Carbon®, a leading Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company, showed on Jan 16, 2019, the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Company. The parts include Ford Focus HVAC Lever Arm Service Parts, Ford F-150 Raptor Auxiliary Plugs for a niche market, and Ford Mustang GT500 Electric Parking Brake Brackets. The applications were presented by the companies jointly at the Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Workshop at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Recently, Carbon and Ford have announced the opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan. They have now expanded their collaboration to design and produce several new digitally-manufactured, end-use parts using Carbon’s robust and reliable printers, proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ technology, and innovative EPX (epoxy) 82 material.
According to the news, Carbon’s durable EPX 82 material proved ideal for these parts, passing Ford’s rigorous performance standards and withstanding 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.”
Carbon has partnered with companies including adidas, Johnson & Johnson, and Vitamix in an effort to move beyond 3D printing to become a full-scale digital manufacturing company by creating break-through products across industry sectors, from automotive to healthcare to consumer goods.
In November 2018, Carbon announced radical price reductions for its most widely used resins, further expanding the addressable market for large-scale digitally manufactured parts.