GE Turns to 3D Printers to Make Jet Parts

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Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- GE Global Technology Director Christine Furstoss discusses using 3D print technology for making jet engine parts with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West". (Source: Bloomberg)

Dozens of different parts, it plans to create the units in one place -- he's with 3-d printers.

Cheetos global technology director, where she leads a team of 400 technologists working on manufacturing and materials.

She joins me from new york.

Tell me about the process.

How do you make jet parts from 3-d printers?

How does this work?

It is an exciting technology.

Three printing, which many people are familiar with because they are making small part of types or press -- or plastic parts.

It is the ultimate in hardware meets software.

We are building up layer by layer a shape.

We put a model from a designer into a machine and through controls, we are able to deposit layer by layer different metals that will create the shape.

This is in contrast to what we do now, where we use attractive technology where we machine away material and drill it away and grind it away.

This is a wonderful and exciting area because it is so sustainable.

We use ultimate serial's we put and because we are depositing just where we needed.

How confident are you these are safe and as good quality as parts made the old-fashioned way?

That is the key air that is what is going on now in the world of additive 3-d printing.

It is understanding how we will control properties.

I mean how strong it is, how tough it is, all the things we need for safety.

We will make sure it meets all the requirements but that is the key now.

That is what we need to do, understand, but -- because for the first time, we are not only making shape but making function.

Understanding just how likely you are building parts and what kind of energy, that all leads to the strengths and what kinds of property we get.

We are expending a lot of time to make sure we achieve the quality we need.

What is the timeline?

When we lose the a 3-d printed fuel nozzle in a jet?

Right now, we are printing them.

We are going through qualification, just like any other part we make.

We have to go through extensive testing to make sure we have the quality and repeatability and faa search -- searchability we need.

We will test the parts from now on, but we will be introducing the engine in 2016. there has been a big concern with boeing 787 dreamliner and lithium ion batteries catching fire.

What kinds of temperatures can be is stand up to?

These are the same materials we are using in conventionally made products.

The same temperatures we would achieve in products that are cast and forced.

Well over 1000 degrees.

We will ensure they are saved.

What are you investing in terms of the cost?

You are beefing up your 3-d printing staff.

You're getting your numbers on the investment.


We have about 100 technologists working in the area right now.

We continue to invest in machines and may cost anywhere from half a million to one and a half million dollars for the types of materials we use.

We continue to grow our presence, prominently in the united aids, but also in areas of europe and asia.

We will be investing in tens of millions of dollars of this technology because we believe in it.

What other specific parts or products are you looking into?

For us, and exciting area, because we consider 3-d printing part of a whole suite of technologies, which we call additive technologies, where we are again weighing up layer by layer the components we are making.

We are looking at a whole new realm of areas for repairing components.

We are not limiting ourselves to the three printer sizes.

We are comparing very large structures such as valves and things such as casings, containers.

We are also looking at being able to prototype and make tools very quickly for our factories so we can try new ideas factor your -- faster.

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