3D printing can be used on the automotive assembly line to make car parts, components, and prototypes that are more lightweight and have faster turnaround times, as well as production of replacement and spare parts. Several announcements today highlight the major efforts automakers are employing to bring additive manufacturing into their workflows. Michigan-based Ford Motor Company is a big fan of 3D printing, and even piloted Stratasys’ Infinite Build 3D printer. In order to meet customer demand for the new models of its Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs, the company is increasing production of the vehicles by 25%, and using advanced manufacturing technologies including 3D printing to do it. Ford is increasing the total investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant to $925 million, which will in turn ramp up the manufacturing line speed for the SUVs, which are two of the highest-priced vehicles that Ford sells. The company’s automotive profit margins shrunk to 3.7% in the fourth quarter of 2017, down from 5.7% last year, so the company is also working to soothe investors and continue competing with rivals General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The luxury Lincoln Navig...