Up to ten GE Catalyst components will be produced in this area. The engine’s first flight is scheduled for the end of 2019. It is the first turboprop engine in the world with almost 30% of its internal metal parts 3D printed. In Brindisi, work has already begun on three of these ten additive components. This number will continue to grow as the number of GE Additive-Concept Laser machines DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) does. Continue reading “Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali”
General Electric (GE) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently received $540,000 to develop open-source algorithms that will improve additive manufacturing of metal parts. Continue reading “Lawrence Livermore, GE to Develop Open Source Algorithms for 3D Printing”
Most of the parts or products created with a 3D printer are not “thinking” products or parts that have a brain, or a sensor. In a recent visit to GE, the Global Research team took me through a number of new concepts and technologies that they are developing. One of the most interesting is one they call: Direct Write. This development would allow you to create more intelligent 3D printed parts — such as sensors. Continue reading “GE Direct Write: 3D Inking Intelligent Sensors (VIDEO)”
GE has begun to enact its plans for the mass production of its 3D printed jet engine fuel nozzles. The company announced plans to outfit its Auburn, Alabama facility for the high volume 3D printing of its LEAP engine parts. Through the use of intricate, fuel-efficient design that can only be manufactured by 3D printing, the nozzles are predicted to cut fuel costs and carbon emissions by 15%.
General Electric’s (GE) oil and gas division is making the first step to join the 3D-printing revolution and will commence production of 3D-printed metal fuel nozzles for its turbines in the first half of 2014. Continue reading “Oil industry embraces 3D printing”