Ford Motor Co. took on a massive renovation project when it purchased the derelict Central Station in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood in 2018. The building had been closed since 1988 and many elements of the building were heavily damaged.
So Ford turned to new technology to restore parts of the 1912 building to its former glory. In just one example, writes Chad Livengood of our sister paper Crain's Detroit Business, Ford used its in-house 3D printers to create resin replicas of ornate cast iron decorative rosettes that had lined the station's massive windows.
The original rosettes were ripped out by scrappers who had stripped the building over the years, Livengood writes, but after Ford bought the building and announced plans to restore it and use it as the center for its autonomous vehicle development team, individuals who had acquired the pieces began dropping them off.
"Engineers in Ford's additive manufacturing unit used the original cast iron rosettes to reproduce them using 3D printers and resin," he wrote. "Some 560 new lightweight rosettes made by 3D printers now border each interior window frame."