Download and print a 3D model of your favorite Ford Performance vehicle
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
You might not have the cash to drive home in a new Ford GT or Shelby GT350R, but thanks to a new partnership between Ford and TurboSquid, you can download a 3D model of your favorite Ford Performance vehicle and print one at homeâ€”at least a scale model of one.
Thatâ€™s right. The future is here. You might not be able to print a fully functional carâ€”yetâ€”but you can download a digital file of the carâ€™s shape and print it at home if you are one of the growing group of people that own their own 3D printers.
â€œ3D 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,â€ said Mark Bentley, licensing manager, Ford Global Brand Licensing. â€œAt Ford, weâ€™re using 3D printing every day to rapidly prototype parts, and now we want to share that fun with our fans.â€
Yes, Ford frequently uses this technology to create prototype parts for real-world testing, but Juniper research says that right now 44,000 desktop 3D printers are sold every year, and that number is expected to grow to over 1 million in just three years.
To help stay ahead of this trend, Ford enlisted TurboSquid, a company that does 3D modeling for video games, to create the files and support the endeavorâ€™s new website.
â€œTurboSquid already allows customers to purchase more than 1,000 unique, licensed digital images of Ford products ranging from the Model T to the all-new Ford GT,â€ said Bentley. â€œWeâ€™re at the forefront of licensing 3D automotive images, and it made sense that TurboSquid help us complete that connection to the consumer.â€
At the moment you can download files for the F-150 Raptor, Fiesta ST, Focus ST, and Shelby GT350R. The Ford GT will be available shortly. If you donâ€™t have a 3D printer, you can buy a pre-printed 1/32 scale plastic model from the site. However, if you do have your own printer, you can download the file for $4.99 and print it at the scale you wish with the material of your choosing, including plastic, sandstone, and metal.
When you buy a model or download a file you do have to agree not to use it for commercial purposes, so if you want to learn more, head on over to the site right here.