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Ford has begun selling 3D printable versions of some of its vehicles via its website.

This week, the company starting retailing STL format CAD (computer-aided design) files and pre-printed 3D models via its new 3d.ford.com website.

If you go down the do-it-yourself route, the STL files can be used with any compatible 3D printer (home or commercial). They can be used to produce desktop-friendly models, life-size versions, or anything in between, in any material that the printer supports, be it plastic, sandstone or metal.

Pre-printed 3D models currently sold on the website are 1/32 scale.

At present, Ford is selling digital and pre-printed versions of its F-150 Raptor ute, the new all-wheel drive Focus RS, the current Focus ST, Fiesta ST and upcoming Mustang Shelby GT350R.

All these vehicles currently cost US$4.99 ($6.49) for an STL CAD file or US$39 ($50.70) for a pre-printed single colour PLA plastic model. These are being advertised as limited time prices, and do not include tax and other charges.

Ford 3D Store Images

From June 15, the company will sell a version of the next-generation Ford GT. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but there will be a limited edition pre-printed full colour sandstone model available for an undisclosed price.

Ford promises that “more models will become available later”.




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