2022 Ford Maverick CAD files support 3D printed accessories

2022-05-07 0 By

Ford has released CAD files that allow owners of the 2022 Maverick to 3D-print custom components for their pickup trucks.If all goes well, this DIY experiment could be a good entry point for big brands to explore consumer-grade 3D printing.Otherwise, it will be a short marketing campaign/field test to determine if there is a consumer base for 3D printed accessories.When it launched, the 2022 Ford Maverick tried to appeal to DIY customers by making the compact truck somewhat customizable.This means that several 2x4s can be configured on the bed to maximize capacity or organize storage.What’s more, it’s equipped with a hybrid powertrain to achieve the best fuel economy of any truck on the market, while still maintaining up to 4,000 pounds of traction capacity.One of the do-it-yourself features is the Ford Integrated Tether System (FITS), a slot that allows drivers to develop custom items that slide into the truck’s cab.This could be a cup holder, storage device, trash can, or basically anything the manufacturer can imagine.To help open the floodgates for home-made accessories, Ford released CAD files for the FIT system, including those for the center console and under the seats.The online model repository is already full of Maverick’S 3D-printable files, thanks to Ford’s commitment to eventually release the models even before the vehicles are released.This includes cup holders, mobile phone stands, Nintendo switch holders and more.Drivers have even made their own FITS slots for other parts of the truck, such as the dashboard compartment.For Maverick owners who don’t have a 3D printer, FITS accessories can be found on eBay and Etsy.You can also 3D-print your device at your local library, at a makerspace, or through a 3D-printing service.The experiment was a bit like it should have been in 2014, when brands like Hoover started putting THEIR CAD files on Thingiverse.The consumer 3D printing hype bubble soon burst, and the rise of the likes of MakerBot was almost like a trial balloon or an advertising operation on behalf of industrial giants like HP and GE so they could create the 3D printing market for themselves.Now that industrial 3D printing is here to stay, is Ford taking this initiative seriously?After all, the company does say it will use additive manufacturing to mass-produce metal parts for upcoming cars.If so, we could see the establishment of a real industry for 3D printing aftermarket components, as 3DPrint.com executive editor Joris Peels has been asking for some time.That coincides with the emergence of Replique, a 3D-printing service that wants to produce spare parts on demand.Backed by BASF, the world’s biggest chemicals company, it is hard to believe that Replique will not succeed.Basf is very serious about additives, so it is likely to provide a market for 3D-printed spare parts.So far, The main Replique customer for 3D-printed replacement parts is Miele, a German appliance maker.But if car-parts makers such as Mahler embrace Replique’s services, we could see the worlds of customised parts and 3D-printed spare parts coming together.This could lead to a virtual inventory of replacement parts on demand, which could lead to distributed manufacturing of traditional end components, and ultimately could lead to a circular economy.Will all this happen in time to save the planet and post-industrial society?(Note: this article is reproduced from other websites, the purpose is to popular science or knowledge sharing, if there is a violation of your rights, please contact us to delete!)