Video: Take A Tour Of How Ford 3-D Prints Shelby GT500 Parts

We are less than a week away from The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), and many Blue Oval enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting the official debut of the 2020 Shelby GT500.

While Ford has been relatively tight-lipped on the official performance numbers on its flagship pony, throughout the year, we have been able to learn a bit more about some of the advanced components that will make this vehicle so unique.

AmericanMuscle’s Justin Dugan recently had the opportunity to visit Ford’s Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Plant where future Ford vehicles will be developed and built. This 45 million dollar facility will also play an essential role in manufacturing 3-D printed parts for the new GT500.

“The ability to turn a 3-D printed part into a production-ready piece is a sign that the future is now, regarding automotive manufacturing,” said Justin.

Justin was also able to witness how the design and engineering team at the facility use emerging technologies to make vehicles safer and more efficient for its customers. By implementing the use of augmented and virtual reality, the team can create a 3-D workstation environment that allows vehicle designers to collaborate with engineers both across the country and abroad.

The 22-minute video may not give us any new insight on the upcoming GT500, but it does give viewers the chance to see how some of this advanced technology helps Ford engineers develop safer and more efficient vehicles for years to come. And when the new GT500 is officially unveiled at NAIAS on January 14th, we have a strong feeling that what Justin witnessed in the video is just a fraction of the groundbreaking advancements in technology that this Vehicle Manufacturing Plant is ready to debut to the world in 2019 and beyond.

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Kelly Getzelman

Kelly is a SoCal car enthusiast and skilled driver. His “get out and drive” obsession began after attending his first high-performance racing school while serving on active duty. Since then, he has attended numerous military and civilian driving schools across the country to help fuel that passion.
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