Above is a video Ford posted to Youtube with a Ford engineer explaining how he uses a Makerbot Replicator to do fast prototyping. Stacey Higginbotham, writing for Gigaom, got in contact with Ford and asked how many engineers currently have access to a Makerbot.
A Ford spokesman told me that while it’s tough to give an exact count on the number of employees who have the 3-D printers, the company has multiple locations at the company’s Dearborn, Mich. headquarters where hundreds of engineers have access. And at the carmaker’s Silicon Valley Lab in Palo Alto all employees have Makerbots. The most popular areas they are in use today at Ford are in the Vehicle Design and Infotronics group.
This is great to see Ford engineers embracing an open source solution for something like this. Hopefully with the wealth of knowledge over at Ford, they will be able to give back to the community in some way.
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