Ford & Additive Manufacturing

The folks at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, where the Ford Explorer is built, are giving the whole notion of “additive manufacturing” a new meaning with the latest version of the Explorer: The one built for LEGOLAND Florida, which opens October 15.

The folks at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, where the Ford Explorer is built, are giving the whole notion of “additive manufacturing” a new meaning with the latest version of the Explorer: The one built for LEGOLAND Florida, which opens October 15.

 

The Explorer was created by 22 designers, weighs 2,654 lb. (the real one weighs 4,557 lb.), and has a 768-lb. interior aluminum base.

While “additive manufacturing” is sometimes equated with “rapid manufacturing,” not so in this case: it took more than 2,500 hours to put the 380,000+ blocks together.