Ford using 3D printing on Navigator, Expedition SUVs to meet increased demand

Ford using 3D printing on Navigator, Expedition SUVs to meet increased demand

Most excitingly, however, is Ford's use of a Stratasys Fortus 380mc 3D printer.

The all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are apparently doing better than Ford anticipated, since Ford has announced that it is increasing production to keep up with the greater than anticipated demand.

Surging customer demandLincoln dealers simply can't keep the entirely new Navigator on dealer lots; the luxury SUVs are spending an average of just seven days at the dealership before they are sold.

To address that situation, Ford announced Monday that it will add another $25 million to its investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant, where the Navigator is built alongside the Expedition SUV.

"The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional", Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President for Global Operations, said in a statement.

American automaker Ford is using 3D printing, 400 new robots, and enhanced data analytics to increase production of its new Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs. The fourth generation of the vehicle was debuted as a concept car at the 2016 NY auto show and officially unveiled in 2017. The robots enable the plant to increase the line speed while keeping employees safe from repetitive-motion injuries. An enormous spare parts "vending machine" allows workers to more quickly locate a necessary part while automatically keeping inventory at optimal levels.

Wayne McKinney, a tool maker at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant, has been getting to grips with the Fortus 380mc since its installation, and has used the 3D printer to come up with new solutions to age-old problems.

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