For an industry built on speed, there is no better compliment for the automotive sector than pairing it with the power and efficiency of 3D printing. The technology allows for rapid prototyping of specific parts or even a complete vehicle, followed by functional testing, tooling and the completion of the final part or project. 3D printing allows providers to accelerate production and meet consumer deadlines much sooner. The technology also allows for innovation and creativity so that any customer request, no matter how unique, can be realized. It’s no wonder then why Ford Motor Company recently announced it is exploring using 3D printing to prototype and produce large-scale, one-piece auto parts, such as a spoiler, which likely would weigh less than half that of a traditional cast-metal design. The technology also could enable the auto manufacturer to generate personalized components for its vehicles, as well as make larger tooling and fixtures.