First Edition Mach-E Buyers Are Getting a 3D-Printed Pony Sculpture as a Gift From Ford
【Summary】Ford customers that reserved a Mustang Mach-E First Edition are getting an unexpected surprise from the automaker in the form of a 3D printed sculpture created by the team at Ford Advanced Manufacturing. The wireframe pony sculpture matches the color of their Mach-E.
Ford customers that reserved a Mustang Mach-E First Edition are getting an unexpected surprise from the automaker in the form of a 3D printed sculpture created by the team at Ford Advanced Manufacturing. The special collectible wireframe pony sculpture matches the color of their Mach-E. Included in the baseplate of each is the vehicle's VIN.
The pony sculpture is being created using a 3D printer. It's based on the large-scale wireframe model of the pony featured on stage at the global reveal of Mustang Mach-E back in November 2019.
The wireframe pony sculptures are first 3D-printed in white plastic in-house at the Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford. Afterwards, they are sent to a dye facility where they are dyed in either Rapid Red Metallic, Grabber Blue Metallic or Carbonized Gray to correspond with one of the First Edition paint colors selected by the customer.
The collectible wireframe pony sculpture is the first time Ford has issued a 3D-printed component as a gift directly to the customer.
"This isn't the first time we've 3D-printed a vehicle part, but this one is different," said Harold Sears, technical leader for additive manufacturing. "It highlights a special connection with the customer and is really exciting because it showcases the potential to personalize. When you think additive manufacturing, you think of making parts, assembly fixtures or jigs to help build a vehicle, but this is another place where additive manufacturing can shine."
The commemorative pony sculpture matches the larger one displayed at the LA Auto Show in 2019.
Ford's Mach-E is the automaker's first mass-market electric vehicle and will help the automaker complete with segment leader Tesla, which has grown to become the world's most valuable automaker. The Mach-E SUV is a strong contender to the Tesla Model Y crossover. But the launch has not gone as smoothly as Ford intended.
Some Mach-E reservation holders have had to wait longer to receive their vehicles due to "quality checks." In March, Ford confirmed that roughly 4,500 Mustang Mach-E owners were facing delivery delays.
As compensation for the delays, Ford is offering roughly 150 of these customers $1,000 toward the purchase of their Mustang Mach-E. The rest will receive an additional 250-kWh of free charging via the automaker's FordPass Charging Network. The charging offer applies to all 4,500 customers that have been affected by the delays, as well as the 1,500 people that already received their Mach-Es.
The Mach-E First Edition has an MSRP of $58,300 and is already sold out. It features all-wheel-drive with an Extended-Range Battery that delivers 270 miles of range. Additional features include First Edition scuff plates, brushed-aluminum pedals and red brake calipers.
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