Lately, 3D printing is in the news with increasing frequency, and while some consider the technology new, the truth is large companies in a variety of industries have been integrating 3D printing into their workflows for years.

To increase the number of designs they can economically test and simply make better car components, Ford uses 3D printing to produce sand molds for aluminum casting. By doing so, they can create almost any number of iterative designs without spending millions of dollars and be wasting months on tooling.

Click here to see video from Ford’s open house, where their rapid prototyping department and 3D Systems were on hand to show how far 3D printing can go in the automotive industry.