Ford fabricates with ‘free-form’ technology

Jul 11, 2013 | 05:43 PM |

Tags  Ford Motor, free-form fabricating technology, forming sheet metal parts, prototypes, concept cars

CHICAGO — Ford Motor Co. has developed a new manufacturing technology that has the potential to reduce costs and delivery time for sheet metal parts needed in small quantities.

The system—Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology—is especially helpful for fast prototyping, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said.

The new machinery can clamp a piece of sheet metal around its edges and form it into a three-dimensional shape using two stylus-type tools working in unison on opposite sides of the sheet metal blank.....





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