Carbon collaborates with Ford to digitally manufacture polymer parts

Ford 3D Printed HVAC Lever ArmCarbon, based in Silicon Valley, a leading digital manufacturing company, presented the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Company, which 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. These applications were presented, jointly by the two companies at the Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Workshop at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Carbon and Ford have expanded their alliance 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. Durable EPX 82 material of Carbon has been found to be ideal for making these parts, which comply with rigorous performance standards of Ford 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).  Ford has recently opened its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan,

Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO, and Co-founder of Carbon, said, “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. 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 is collaborating with companies including Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, and Vitamix from 3D printing to full-scale digital manufacturing by helping customers create break-through products across industry sectors, which include automotive, healthcare and consumer goods.

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