GE Additive, a subsidiary of GE Aviation, with test facilities in West Chester, is making aircraft engine parts so complex that better 3D printers are needed.
It’s partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory , a leader in additive manufacturing, for help in designing machines that can keep up. The 5-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) focuses on processes, materials and software to drive broader adoption of additive manufacturing technology.
“We can design parts that are so intricate it’s hard to imagine. We now need machines that can keep up with that,” says GE Additive Technology Developer Christine Furstoss. “It’s almost like Etch-A-Sketch. If you remember those days where you draw it layer by layer and we’re getting properties […]
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