The age of 3D printing is upon us, and what better way to enter the Living Room Industrial Revolution than printing a scaled copy of Ford’s newest flagship pony car, the Mustang GT350R?
3D is Nothing New For Blue Oval
Ford’s enthusiasm for 3D printing has only intensified over the years. How can we forget the 3D printed intake manifold Ford used in the racing scene? Or the slew of parts they manufacture with 3D printing these days. Now Ford has decided to spread the excitement by making various 1/32 models available to customers.
Ford teamed up with TurboSquid, a company whose focus is 3D prints and modeling, to provide us fans with the option of buying 3D printed Ford models or printing them ourselves. TurboSquid currently hosts about 1,000 different models of Fords, as well as a small selection of digital files for consumer printing.
The digital files include a GT350R, and there’s the new Ford GT in the works as well. The pre-printed models are plastic, but assuming you have the materials and access to the appropriate printer you can print a 350R out of whatever material you want. The files come in at $4.99, and as long as you’re not attempting going to start your own mini business selling models you can print as many as you like. After clicking the “agree to terms and conditions” button of course.
You may be wondering why Ford has made this marketing move. Their research has anticipated that 3D printer sales will exceed 1 million units in the next three years. According to Mark Bentley, Ford’s licensing manager, “3D printing at home is a growing trend, and it makes sense for us to offer our customers a chance to make their own 3D Ford models. At Ford we’re using 3D printing every day to rapidly prototype parts, and now we want to share that fun with our fans.”
Although the cost of 3D printers is fairly high (depending on your budget) technology has a habit of becoming surprisingly cheaper surprisingly quickly. The real question is how tempting would it be to print a miniature of your personal Mustang? Especially when you consider these templates are directly from Ford. No inaccuracies to fret over. Print, paint, customize, and go.