Ford, HP Turn 3D printing waste into parts



Kyle Johnson

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A fuel line clip for the Ford F-250 made in partnership with HP using 3D printing wasteFord and HP are turning 3D printing waste into fuel line clips for the F-250
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Ford and HP want to make 3D printing technology more sustainable. The giants of the industry are working together to reuse used 3D printed parts and powders for vehicle parts, thereby minimizing waste.

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Ford and HP are testing the process by making injection molded fuel line clips for the Ford F-250 Super Duty. According to Ford, the recycled parts are lighter, cheaper and more durable than traditional fuel line clips. As the project has been successfully completed so far, Ford would like to apply its innovation to up to 10 new vehicles.

“Finding new ways to use sustainable materials, reduce waste and drive the development of the circular economy are passions at Ford,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford sustainability technical officer. “Lots of companies are finding great uses for 3D printing technologies, but together with HP, we’re the first to find a high quality use for waste powder that would likely have been landfilled and turned into functional and durable auto parts. ”

Ford is also working with SmileDirectClub on the 3D waste project

Mielewski, the first female tech in Ford history, says the innovation is an indication of the company’s commitment to 100 percent sustainability. Not only does it find a solution to a waste problem and improve an existing product, it also works with other companies.

In addition to HP, Ford is working with SmileDirectClub, Lavergne and ARaymond on its 3D waste project. The SDC is the largest user of HP 3D printers in the country. 60 printers produce 40,000 aligners a day. The resigned manufacturer Lavergne converts these resources into plastic pellets, which the Ford supplier ARaymond then converts into the fuel line clips.

Last month, Ford released its first integrated sustainability and financial report, outlining efforts to achieve 100 percent sustainability in manufacturing and products.

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Kyle S. Johnson lives in Cincinnati, a city known by many as “Cincinnati in Southwest Ohio”. He likes professional wrestling, Halloween and other things. He’s been writing for a while and plans to continue writing in the future. More articles from Kyle.

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