“Product development in certain stages is always looking to make sheet metal parts.”
The video below shows a first-of-its-kind prototyping technology developed by Ford called F3T (Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology). Their product development cycles always include sheet metal (the final production material) prototypes which, in the past, have included 6-8 weeks for the production of a prototype tool. They developed this new technology to be able to fabricate custom sheet metal parts in a matter of hours for low-volume production applications. It eliminates the need for a die and uses a sort of embossing similar to a 3D printer. You can read more on the F3T capabilities hereand check out the video below.
Written by: Patrick Nally, Industrial Designer, Beyond Design, Inc.