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Ford's new Robutt tests the car's seats

Ford's new Robutt tests that their seats are made to last.

The vehicle manufacturing company have developed a robot shaped like a bottom that is able to test a whole decade of use in just three weeks.

The Robutt is lowered onto the seat 20,000 times to check the seat's durability as it is able to simulate how the drivers and passengers get in and out of their car seats on a daily basis.

Svenja Froehlich, a durability engineer, at Ford's European HQ, in Cologne, Germany, said: "From the first moment we get into a car, the seat creates an impression of comfort and quality. Previously, we used pneumatic cylinders that simply moved up and down. With the 'Robutt', we are now able to replicate very accurately how people really behave."

It comes after Ford revealed they have started to use 3D printing to create large car parts.

The specialist printer which takes up an entire room at the Dearborn Research and Innovation Centre in Michigan, United States.

Ford technical leader Ellen Lee said in a statement at the time: "With Infinite Build technology, we can print large tools, fixtures and components, making us more nimble in design iterations. We're excited to have early access to Stratasys' new technology to help steer development of large-scale printing for automotive applications and requirements."

However, the company don't believe the technology is quite advanced enough yet to be used in mass production but haven't ruled out it in the future as the technology advances. They are currently trialling it for use to make plastic parts, which could make the vehicles more lightweight, cheaper and more fuel efficient.

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