3D Printing using jet Aluminum

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3D printing patent for binder jetting 6061 aluminum with the improved lightweight design system.

As explained by Ford technical leader Harold Sears, ¨This is a breakthrough in making 3D printed and sintered parts for the auto industry. While the 3D-printing process is very different than stamping body panels, we understand the behavior of aluminum better today, as well as its value in light-weighting vehicles. High-speed aluminum 3D printing paves the way for other opportunities that we’re just now starting to look at because of the ability to do complex parts with aluminum that previously weren’t possible. It’s opening doors for other opportunities.”

ExOne CEO John Hartner also mentioned, “Developing a fast, affordable, and easy way to 3D print aluminum with traditional material properties is a critical step toward light-weighting more products and delivering a more sustainable future. Our world-class engineers and scientists are focused on solving the toughest problems with 3D printing technology, and this achievement is a real win for all of us.”

ExOne Achieves Scientific Breakthrough: Automotive Industry-First Binder Jet Aluminum 3D Printing and High-Density Sintering.

ExOne and Ford have announced the automotive industry’s first binder jet 3D printing and high-density sintering of aluminum.

Computer Aided Technology Announces Partnership with the ExOne Company.

3D Printings landfill converted to functional truck parts.

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The remarkable collaboration between Ford and HP as they lead a sustainable revolution in the automotive industry. Explore how they transform 3D waste into functional auto parts—an industry first. Discover their innovative use of 3D printing technology, recycling materials to create high-quality components while reducing waste and minimizing environmental impact. Uncover the significance of this partnership in streamlining supply chains and accelerating production cycles, paving the way for a greener future. Join us in celebrating this pioneering collaboration that merges technology, sustainability, and automotive innovation. Gain insights into how Ford and HP are reshaping the industry’s approach to waste, inspiring other companies to follow suit. Don’t miss this captivating article that highlights the transformative power of 3D printing and showcases the commitment of industry leaders to drive a sustainable revolution in the automotive sector.

“Many companies are finding great uses for 3D printing technologies, but, together with HP, we’re the first to find a high-value application for waste powder that likely would have gone to landfill, transforming it into functional and durable auto parts.”
As said by Ford technical fellow, Sustainability, Dr. Deborah Mielewsk, “A key to achieving our sustainability goals and solving the broader problems of society is working with other like-minded companies – we can’t do it along with HP, we defined the waste problem, solved technical challenges and found a solution in less than one year, which is something in which we all take pride.”

Mar 25, 2021 | DEARBORN, Mich.

Ford and HP are recycling 3D printer waste into truck parts.