The previously announced 3D metal printer has now released by GE and it is suitable for making aircraft parts. The GE Additive team has presented an unnamed machine and it will be displayed at the manufacturing trade show in Germany. The team demonstrated its ability in printing parts up to one meter in diameter directlyfrom a computer file. The machine combines together thin layers of metal powder with a 1-kilowatt laser using additive manufacturing technology. The new printing machine has a significant amount of potential to build even larger parts, thanks to its scalable nature and its design can be configured to add more layers if required.
A part of the GE’s Project ATLAS (Additive Technology Large Area System) team, Mohammad Ehteshami said that it had already been used to print a jet combustor liner. He said that it has the ability to be applicable to manufacturers in the automotive, power and space industries. He added that the printer is still in beta stage, draws on additive manufacturing technology which is already being used by several GE businesses. GE Aviation is now building the Advanced Turboprop, a commercial aircraft engine made largely of 3D parts. He said that our designers have reduced 855 separate parts down to just 12 by using this technology. The machine has been considered “The Dream of an Engineer”.