Ford seems to have taken the high road and gone the extra mile for the Mustang. As pricey 3D-printed components have become a thing of the past, more vehicles can now be seen incorporating the breakthrough technology, and on the deck is the upcoming Mustang Shelby GT500.
On Tuesday Ford confirmed that the new GT500 will have two 3D-printed brake components. However, apart from that, Ford also announced that it was building a new Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan, worth $45 million.
We learnt that the new facility is equipped with 23 3D printers, some of which are currently busy churning out the brake components that will feature in the upcoming 2020 Shelby GT500. A total of 10 printers are expected to help the company develop applications for future vehicles and components.
Reports suggest that the company is currently experimenting with materials such as nylon, sand and carbon. Ford’s China-specific F-150 Raptor sports an interior that is purely made out of 3D-printed components.
Surprisingly, Ford was the automaker that had purchased the third-ever 3D printer itself back in 1988! Today, the company operates close to 90 3D printers to produce parts and tools for production processes.
The new Mustang Shelby GT500 will debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show next month. Ford says to expect over 700 horsepower from the super muscle car, and we’ll surely learn more about the 3D-printed parts that went into the car as well.