3D print your own Ford

The thoughtful people at Ford have done it again. In addition to producing great and reliable vehicles that line the forecourts of new Ford dealers in Somerset and across the country, they have now saved us from what is considered by many as the most stressful day of the year – Father’s Day.

Every year, sons and daughters struggle with what to get the man who buys himself what he needs and wants, but this year is different, this year Ford has the answer.

“Just in time for Father’s Day! Today Ford announced that it is the first automaker to open a one-stop 3D digital shop – the Ford 3D Store,” was the statement from Ford, as reported in this article, and will have siblings fighting over who gets to give Dad this ultimate Ford fan gift.

“Share that fun”

More than just a gimmick, Ford wants to illustrate that 3D printing is a big part of their present and future manufacturing process. Speaking of the project, licensing manager of Ford Global Brand Licensing, Mark Bentley said, “At Ford, we’re using 3D printing every day to rapidly prototype parts, and now we want to share that fun with our fans.”

At the Ford 3D Store fans can choose between six different models to print from the launch, the American favourite the F-150 Raptor, Focus RS, Focus ST, Fiesta ST, Shelby GT350R and the new Ford GT. Models are 1/32nd scale with the technology being brought to the partner through a partnership with 3D model digital media company Turbosquid, who already offer over a 1,000 unique, licensed digital images of Ford products, so that regulars of Ford transit van dealers in Poole don’t have to miss out on the fun.

The 3D Store gives fans the opportunity to either order a model pre-printed or, for those who already have a 3D printer at home, the chance to purchase an .STL File from which to print the model of their choice.

While there are six models to choose from currently, more are set to be released in the near future, so watch this space.

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