Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition customers in the U.S. are getting a little extra surprise with their ponies, thanks to the team at the Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center. Each 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition buyer will receive a special collectible wireframe pony sculpture in the color corresponding to their vehicle’s paint job, created with the help of 3D printing. The sculpture is based on the large-scale wireframe model of the pony featured at the global reveal of the Mustang Mach-E back in November 2019.
The wireframe pony sculptures are 3D-printed in white plastic in-house at the Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford. They are then sent to a dye facility where they are dyed in one of three colors – Rapid Red Metallic, Grabber Blue Metallic, or Carbonized Gray – to correspond with the available color choices for the First Edition. Included is a baseplate with the vehicle’s VIN.
The collectible wireframe pony marks the first time Ford has issued a 3D-printed component as part of a gift directly to the customer, and it’s allowing additive manufacturing to establish a new-use case within the enterprise.
“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.”
In addition to this cool collectible, Mach-E First Edition buyers will also receive a host of special touches that other versions of Ford’s first all-electric crossover do not. That includes red brake calipers, brushed aluminum pedal covers, “First Edition” scuff plates, and Black Onyx perforated ActiveX upholstery with unique ST-Red line accent stitching.