Following its collaborations in a wide range of industries, including sport with adidas, home appliances with Vitamix and even the digital dentistry, Carbon is now dedicated itself to the automotive industry. Car manufacturer Ford is the digital manufacturing company’s partner in this new challenge. Indeed, the Silicon-Valley based company showcased the first polymer parts for its client at the Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Workshop at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit..
Among those parts, one can find 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.
Furthermore, the collaboration between the two companies is not limited to the production of digitally manufactured polymer parts. The recently announced opening of an Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, will enable Carbon to manufacture another collection of end-use parts using its proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ technology and EPX (epoxy) 82 material.
According to the company, the material would be appropriate for Ford car components due to its capacity to meet performance standards and withstand 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.”
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