2020 GT500 will have two 3D-printed brake parts

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  1. JWS

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    Since there will only be a couple thousand 500s made each year, at the most, it may make more sense to 3D print items that are difficult or impossible to cast. The Brake Rotors May have complicated cooling passages that are more efficient and lend themselves to printing.
     
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    one piece looks like a hose bracket
     
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    At a small company I used to work for we developed a molded part with the aid of 3D printing. We had a prototype made first with this process, and when we were satisfied with the design, the company had a mold made to mass produce injection-molded parts. That saved a ton of money I'm sure.
     
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    This could also be something as simple as a brake duct to direct air to the rotor. Its not likely to be something structural like a caliper mount or brake hat. The advantage to using DLMS (sintering) or robust FDM printing is have freedom in the design that molding a part or machining doesn't allow. They can also make changes to the part very quickly, and produce production parts quickly.

    3D printing has been used for production parts for a while now. Cant remember who exactly, but some motorcycle manufacturer 3D prints speedometer housings for one of their product lines. And apparently the Raptor has a printed interior part.
     
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    #25 Epiphany, Dec 5, 2018
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    The sense is production will mirror that of the GT350/R. At only 2,000 units the price of this GT500 would be beyond exorbitant and that's before the typical dealer dealer drilling procedure.

    And again, the rotors look to be coming from SHW. Same hat/pin/ring arrangement, differing only dimensionally. None of the rotor components will be from an additive process like this. In addition, they are likely not to be drilled just as those of the 2019 GT350 are not.

    https://en.shw.de/products/brakediscs/composite-brake-discs/
    https://en.shw.de/research-development/brake-discs/ (be sure to scroll down and click on "Brake discs - development focus")
     
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    Probably going to be some insignificant clip for the brake line or something like that. They just want attention. That is why they didn't say which parts it would be.
     
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    Haven't you been keeping up here recently? Only 650hp! :crazy:
     
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    Ha! We'll see soon enough.
     
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    I expect the other brake part is a little bigger / more exciting. (Of course they show us the little bracket) Who cares right?
     
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    I think it is pretty cool stuff. Starting small, it could be a glimpse of the future. Sad, though, that the GT500 will only be just over 650 HP :giggle:

    Seriously though, I can't wait until the reveal. I just hope it breaks some hearts like the last GT500 did, sweet victory.
     
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    For those doubting 3D printed automotive parts. Koenigsegg printed their turbos for the One:1 because they were able to design something no casting could produce.
     
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    That's what she said.







    I mean, __somebody__ had to say it.
     
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    So???? How much weight savings? :crackup: The GT500 is going to need a lot more plastic printed parts to bring curb weight down.
     
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    Wait! When did Ford mention Active Brake Cooling? Front and Rear!
     
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    Unless I missed something they haven't mentioned it and we don't know if it's on the car yet.
     
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    Cool stuff. I can see companies using printed parts for a lot of niche cars.

    We have a printer at work, where we design and build automated equipment. It's a huge time and money saver for creating unstressed parts that would be difficult or impossible to produce with typical machine tools, especially when there might be only one of a particular piece of automation ever to be built.
     
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