GE Aviation looking to speed up 3D print times

GE Aviation and Sigma Labs have joined together to create and implement “In-Process Inspection Technology” to improve 3D printing speeds.

With GE ramping up its use of 3D printing technologies in the production of jet components, decreased print and inspection times will be critical to the success of GE’s venture. As outlined in their plan, GE and Sigma Labs are looking to increase 3D printing production speeds by 25 percent.

According to Greg Morris, GE Aviation’s business development leader for AM, “Today, post-build inspection procedures account for as much as 25 percent of the time required to produce an additively manufactured engine component.” Morris continued, “”By conducting those inspection procedures while the component is being built, GE Aviation and Sigma labs will expedite production rates for GE’s additive manufactured engine components like the LEAP fuel nozzle.”

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