Ford uses driver's voice to create unique 3D printed wheel locks

Ford | January 29, 2020

Ford has been working with EOS to develop a voice imprinted wheel nut locking concept using additive manufacturing in an effort to combat theft. Together with the German AM leader, Ford has introduced a metal 3D printed rim lug nut, used to secure a wheel on a vehicle, which features a completely unique pattern derived from the vehicle owner’s voice. Using a sound wave pattern from a simple sentence, EOS were able to create a completely unique mechanism which provides an added layer of security in a similar fashion to fingerprint recognition. The idea is there will only be one pair of these unique parts – the lock itself and the key - in existence, making them virtually impossible to clone.

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Florida-based additive manufacturing service provider Sintavia delivers production parts to the aerospace industry with an accredited laboratory for verifying power quality, extensive post processing services, non-destructive component testing, and an end-to-end digital AM solution from Siemens.

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Florida-based additive manufacturing service provider Sintavia delivers production parts to the aerospace industry with an accredited laboratory for verifying power quality, extensive post processing services, non-destructive component testing, and an end-to-end digital AM solution from Siemens.

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