GE Oil and Gas Drill into Additive Manufacturing

Big business’s reaction to additive manufacturing (AM) has been somewhat mixed. While some companies are still investigating the technology, others have jumped in with both feet. GE belongs to the latter category. The company signaled its interest in AM with the acquisition of Morris Technologies in 2012. That was followed up with the news GE Aviation intended to use 3D printing to build nozzles for its LEAP engine.

Continuously looking for ways to use AM, GE then announced it would be using cold spray to build and repair parts. With AM proving itself in other departments, GE Oil and Gas is also buying into AM to build fuel nozzles for gas turbines, and for rapid prototyping needs associated with pipeline inspection. Continue reading

GE Announces Use of Cold Spray for Additive Manufacturing

Stereolithography and Fused Deposition Modeling represent two of the most well-known additive manufacturing (AM) processes, but are hardly the end of the 3D printing continuum. A number of different processes have been developed for various applications, with new processes being developed on a regular basis. New or old, not every process hits the news or is immediately recognizable.

GE has waded hip-deep into AM, first with its acquisition of Morris Technologies, then with its announcement that it would be using 3D printing to build a large number of parts for GE Aviation’s jet engines. Now GE has announced its use of the cold spray AM process, both to create new parts and to repair damaged parts. Continue reading

Rolls Royce Looks to Additive Manufacturing for Jet Engine Parts

Even if you’ve never seen a part built using additive manufacturing (AM), you may soon be riding near one when you take a flight. More and more companies in the aerospace industry are catching on to the idea that AM can save them time and money in the manufacturing process. GE Aviation plans on leveraging the technology to build around 85,000 nozzles for use in its jet engines, and other companies are also investigating the potential of AM.

One of those companies is Rolls Royce. The company’s civil aerospace division is currently at work devising ways of using 3D printing to build various jet engine parts. Like other aerospace companies, Rolls Royce is interested in AM for its capability to build complex parts more quickly, with less material waste, and from lighter materials. Continue reading

Stratasys Defines Itself and the 3D Printing Market

A year after the merger of Stratasys and Objet, and just months after its acquisition of MakerBot, the company was ready for its close-up. This week, Stratasys hosted the Manufacturing the Future Summit at its headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. About a dozen journalists were on hand, and more dialed in, to hear Stratasys executives and their customers explain how 3D printing is not only saving them time and money, but enabling entirely new business models and new ways to design products. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: Voxeljet IPO, GE, NAMII, and Horseshoes

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

We’ll start today’s Roundup with money matters. Voxeljet hopes to raise approximately $91 million by offering 6.5 million shares with its IPO. Shares are expected to be offered at a price of between $13 to $15 a share, giving the company a market value of around $309 million. Continue reading