A few weeks back we touched on how 3D printing is growing among small-scale and DIY manufacturers. Now, we have confirmation courtesy of The Economist that this technique, also known as additive manufacturing, is rapidly making inroads among larger companies.
GE Aviation recently bought Morris Technologies, a precision engineering firm near Cincinnati that employs 3D printing equipment, and will be using the company’s technology to print parts for next-generation jet engines. In the very near future, a Boeing 777 or Airbus A380 could be flying you from point A to point B using GE engines that were “printed” using only lasers and some “ink cartridges” filled with aerospace-grade metals.
MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld takes a deeper look at additive manufacturing in the following video from Maker Faire and explains how his students have built machines that can, in turn, build replacement parts for their own systems.