HP and Ford have joined forces to transform the way the automotive industry reuses leftover materials from 3D manufacturing and accelerate their sustainable engagement in the automotive industry, to make the circular economy model a reality. The result: an industry pioneering program that helps collect used 3D printed parts and material and transforms them into Ford vehicle parts.
Both Ford and HP have made sustainability a priority, and this collaboration shows the commitment of both organizations to lead a sustainable revolution. Some of the details of the agreement include:
- Recycled materials from HP 3D printers are being used to make injection moulded fuel line clips for Super Duty F-250 trucks, which maintain the same durability and quality standards. Ford has already identified 10 other fuel line clips on existing vehicles that are ready to embrace this innovation.
- These pieces are more resistant to chemicals and humidity than conventional clips, they are 7% lighter and allow saving of 10% in their production.
Ford and HP quickly teamed up to define proper waste treatment
- HP 3D printers are designed to be very efficient, and already have systems and structures that minimize excess material that generates and reuse a greater percentage of the materials that are fed into them. In collaboration with Ford, which uses HP 3D printing technology in the company’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, the team created this solution that is capable of reducing production waste to zero.
- This collaboration has been a masterclass on rapid problem solving, as Ford and HP came together quickly to define a correct treatment of waste, solve technical challenges and find a satisfactory solution in less than a year.
- This program further expands the environmental benefits of 3D printing and shows how cross-industry collaboration can energize a new circular economy.
- SmileDirectClub, Lavergne and ARaymond also teamed up with Ford and HP to make this program possible by providing mounting materials and systems.
This process, the first of its kind, and not only represents a forward-thinking collaboration between industries but extends sustainable impact to the entire value chain.