Machine tool builder Mazak Corp. is spending $8.5 million to upgrade its iSmart Factory in Florence, Kentucky.

“Mazak continuously invests in its North American operations, which have grown and advanced into a sophisticated and extremely productive Mazak iSmart Factory,” says Mazak Corp. President Dan Janka. “At the heart of that forward-thinking concept are plant-wide connectivity, automation, and optimized production flow that allow us to significantly increase machine utilization, shorten throughput times, eliminate non-value-added operations, and process parts more efficiently.”

Investments include a manufacturing cell with fully automated storage and retrieval system, six Mazak machine tools, and several technology updates.

Ford 3D prints production, service parts with Carbon

Ford is 3D-printing production parts for two niche vehicles and service parts for the Focus as the automaker continues to study additive manufacturing (AM) in its operations.

The F-150 Raptor pickup and Shelby GT500 Mustang are low-volume, high-priced, specialty vehicles, making them good candidates for AM parts. The Raptor features printed auxiliary plugs with its logo, and the Shelby Mustang uses printed electric parking brake brackets. Potentially a higher-volume part, Ford is printing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) service parts for Focus compact cars.

Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology and EPX (epoxy) 82 material withstands critical requirements such as interior weathering, short- and long-term heat exposures, UV stability, fluid and chemical resistance, flammability (ISO 3795), and fogging (SAEJ1756).

Carbon CEO and Co-founder Dr. Joseph DeSimone says, “Our work with Ford is a perfect example of the kind of innovation you can achieve when you design on the means of production.”;

Fiat Chrysler settles diesel cheating allegations for $800 million

FCA US LLC will pay $400 million in fines and has settled a class-action lawsuit for another $400 million, closing the cases that alleged the automaker used defeat devices to overstate cleanliness of its diesel engines. The automaker’s officials note that the company is not admitting guilt and did not deliberately skirt emissions rules.

“We acknowledge that this has created uncertainty for our customers, and we believe this resolution will maintain their trust in us,” says Mark Chernoby, the company’s head of North American Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

FCA US will recall an estimated 100,000 model-year 2014-2016 Ram 1500 pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs equipped with 3L EcoDiesel V-6 engines to update software. Current and former vehicle owners will receive up to $2,800 as part of the civil suit settlement. The affected vehicles will also qualify for an extended warranty with the software update.