Making Samples In A Snap

For every part that goes into a car, Ford Motor Co. figures it must design and build 1,200 others. Those include jigs to hold the part while it's being drilled, clamps to grab it and move it to the next machine tool, and racks to hold it while it's shipped to the assembly plant. Once the design of the part has been approved, the other 1,200 must be designed--and fast. Who wants to slow the rollout of a new car because a jig to hold a door for painting isn't ready?

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