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Ford, Other Automakers Betting Big on 3D Printing

Process helping them win, both on track and on the street.

by on May.29, 2015

The Chip Ganassi Ford Prototype taking the win at the Rolex 24 race at Daytona.

When the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford prototype blasts out of the pits during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at the Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit this coming weekend the team will aim to repeat the win it scored during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

In the Lead!

The No. 01 prototype will be powered by a Ford EcoBoost engine, with about 70% of the twin-turbo V-6’s parts street stock. Among the parts customized for the track was an intake manifold that was little more than a vat of goo and a digital file prior to the Daytona race. Ford turned to 3D printing rather than conventional manufacturing methods for the manifold and several other components.