3D RAPTOR: Download your favourite 3D files of your favourite Ford models and print them! A world first for an automotive company. Image:Ford US
DETROIT, Michigan - Want to 3D-print a Focus ST at home? Prefer to simply buy a Fiesta ST 3D digital image for a presentation? How about both?
Ford SA says fans can now download digital images for Ford vehicles at the first automaker-authorised one-stop online store for 3D-printable vehicle files.
ONE-STOP FORD 3D SHOP
The Ford 3D Store, 3d.ford.com, allows people to use advanced technology to make their own models of Ford vehicles of the size and material they desire, or simply buy a 3D digital file from a growing library of more than 1000 Ford images.
Mark Bentley, Ford's global licensing manager, explained: "3D printing at home is a growing trend. It makes sense for us to offe 3D Ford models. We’re using 3D printing every day to rapidly prototype parts - now we want to share that fun with our fans."
Juniper research says sales of desktop 3D printers will exceed a million by 2018 from an estimated 44 000 sold in 2014.
Current printable Ford models include the new Focus ST and Fiesta ST. Printed models and digital files for more Fords will be available in due course.
FIESTA ST: Ford fans can now print a 3D model of their favourite small hot hatch. Image: Ford US
3D-printed plastic models are 1/32nd scale but buying a digital image allows users to choose any material and size they desire. Professional 3D printers can create a model in materials ranging from soft plastics to sandstone and even various metals.
TurboSquid, a leader in marketing 3D image files commonly used in video games, built the site for Ford.
Bentley said: “The company already allows customers to buy from more than 1000 licensed digital images ranging from the Model T to the all-new Ford GT."
Buyers must register with the site and agree that the item will not be used commercially.
Visit3d.ford.com to browse available 3D digital images and 3D-printed models.
3D FOCUS: A Completed Focus ST model (above), you can now download the 3D files and print your own hot hatch. Image:Ford US