Every day we hear more news about the 3D printing industry’s growth. Today we got word that General Electric’s Oil and Gas Division will begin using metal laser sintering technology to 3D print fuel nozzles for Gas turbines sometime in the second half of this year. Initially the program will begin as a pilot project, and progress to full production by next year.
The technology that General Electric plans to use for this production process originates from an acquisition they had back in November of 2012 of Morris Technologies, a firm employing 130 people in Cincinnati Ohio. Over the last 15 months GE has continued to improve upon the technology, and has been using it to produce 3D printed fuel nozzles for their Leap engines. The nozzles will be more durable and lighter than traditionally manufactured nozzles.
General Electric’s Oil and Gas Division plans to spend over $100 million in the next two years alone on technology development, of which a “significant portion,” will be utilized for 3D printing technologies. They hope to grow both the scope and scale of production with 3D printing techniques. Eric Gebhardt, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering at GE Oil & Gas, said the following,
“Now we’re going to have to see how large they can get over time, Will it follow Moore’s law where it is going to double in size every 18 months? That’s kind of what we’re seeing right now. But when is it going to reach a natural inflection point? That’s something we have to work through.”
It will be interesting to see if the competition follows suit on adopting 3D Printing manufacturing processes as quickly and as expansive as GE has.
Discuss this Article: https://3dprintboard.com/showthread.php?1316-General-Electric-Expands-3D-Printing-Plans
You May Also Like
5 3D Printing for Agriculture Applications
Agriculture stands to gain more from technology than many other industries. Farming is critical to both an individual farmer’s livelihood and to the entirety of society. As such, everyone benefits...
CIA’s In-Q-Tel Invests in Markforged
Boston-based startup Markforged is growing rapidly, pulling in a whopping $82 million investment in March 2019. Now, the 3D printer manufacturer is getting some additional funds, though this time the...
Ti6Al4V in Selective Laser Melting: Analysis of Laser Polishing Techniques
Chinese researchers are expanding on new materials and technology for improving surface quality in metal 3D printing, outlining their findings in ‘Laser Polishing of Ti6Al4V Fabricated by Selective Laser Melting.’...
Tennessee Researchers Analyze Low-Cost Metal 3D Printing with Composites
Tennessee researchers have come together to pursue a more in-depth look at the science of 3D printing with metal, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Dimensional Analysis of Metal...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.