Charles Goulding of R&D Tax Savers discusses Ford’s historical and current manufacturing efforts to aid in necessary production.
During World War II, Ford converted to aircraft bomber production, which is considered to be one of the most important reasons America and the Allied powers prevailed. By mid-1944, Ford Motor Company’s Willow Run assembly plant in Michigan was producing one B-24 bomber per hour, accounting for half of all B-24’s production for that year. This was an incredible accomplishment that experts didn’t believe was achievable.
Today, Ford is recognized as having the most comprehensive 3D printing expertise of any automaker.
Announced on March 24, 2020, Ford has commenced a multipronged program to aid in the global coronavirus effort. Ford is now working with 3M, GE Healthcare and the UAW to expand and accelerate the production of ventilators, respirators and face masks.
In the related press release it was noted that Ford would leverage its deep 3D printing design capability to manufacture components for use in personal protective equipment. In addition, Ford will be utilizing some of its off-the-shelf parts, such as fans from Ford F-150 pickup truck parts, in an effort to speed up the production process.
The Australian government has also called on Ford to assist in expanding ventilator production.
It should be remembered that during the economic crisis, Ford was the only major automaker that did not take a bailout.
Ford has a long term history of selflessly helping the U.S. and the world during times of crisis. This is a performance that should be acknowledged and appreciated.