Ford Teams with EOS to Print Custom, Locking Wheel Nuts

February 5, 2020

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Ford Teams with EOS to Print Custom, Locking Wheel Nuts
To battle the unscrupulous motives of automotive-wheel thieves, engineers at Ford have not only developed a way to design wheel nuts with special contours based on an individual driver’s voice, but they’re also relying on additive manufacturing (AM) to build the nuts from stainless steel.
“Like an iris scan or a fingerprint,” says a Ford press release, “a person’s voice can be used as a unique biometric identification…software convert(s) that singular soundwave into a physical, printable pattern. This pattern is then turned into a circle and used as the design for the locking nut’s indentation and key.”





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Shop-Management Software Can Relieve AM-Manager Pain Points
A new post on the Stratasys GrabCAD Blog, an online community of designers and engineers, identifies pain points experienced by AM-shop managers:
  • General order management using multiple, unrelated applications;
  • Time requirements related to undertaking manual estimations for completion;
  • Lack of connection that leads to inability to monitor job statuses; complex workflows due to custom-built systems and disconnected applications; and
  • Constant emails leaving little time for attention elsewhere.
The blog offers possible remedies revolving around the use of cloud-based shop-management software that smooths processes and frees time for AM-shop managers to perform core-competency duties.


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Industry News
Today’s News
Summit for Female AM Professionals Precedes March AM Forum in Germany
Senvol Machine and Material Database Integrated With Bassetti Teexma for Additive Software
Proposed ASTM AM Standard to Help Assess Parts, Machines
Automotive in 2020 and Beyond--Expect 3D Metal Parts in Automated Assembly and EVs


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Winter 2020
In This Issue
Challenges Push Post-Processing Innovation
Technology developments demonstrate the all-in effort to ease this huge AM hurdle.

Software Innovations Gain Momentum
New software offerings foster the continued industrialization of metal 3D printing.





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Coming in 3DMP's Spring 2020 Issue
  • AMUG 2020 Wrapup—A special report from our editorial team
  • The latest/greatest in metal-AM powders
  • Achieving process repeatability with metal AM

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