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Ford and HP collaborate to transform 3d waste into auto parts

The recycled materials are being used to manufacture injection-molded fuel-line clips installed first on Super Duty F-250 trucks. The parts have better chemical and moisture resistance than conventional versions, are 7 percent lighter and cost 10 percent less. The Ford research team has identified ten other fuel-line clips on existing vehicles that could benefit from this innovative use of material and are migrating it to future models.

“Many companies are finding great uses for 3D printing technologies, but, together with HP, we’re the first to find a high-value application for waste powder that likely would have gone to landfill, transforming it into functional and durable auto parts”, said Debbie Mielewski, Ford technical fellow, Sustainability.

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