3D printed cars are the future. But are they safe?

This new manufacturing process has a lot of upsides, but a few big downsides we can't ignore

Are 3D-printed cars safe?
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Ford recently announced a new and ambitious plan to start 3D printing large-scale car parts using a printer called the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D.

Why print car parts, you ask? Ford says it could make the manufacturing process more efficient and more affordable. Printed parts can be lighter in weight, and made to fit a specified length or shape. This flexibility could aid considerably in replacing parts for older models, as well as present and future ones. Indeed, with the 3D printing industry expected to approach a value of $9.6 billion by 2020, it's no surprise that some titans of industry are already taking the technology seriously.

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