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
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
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
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