American multinational GE was a co-exhibitor at the Materialise booth at Formnext this year. Their 3D-printed fuel nozzle has become a famous example of the huge impact of 3D Printing. In the past, the nozzle was made up of 20 different parts that were then painstakingly brazed and welded together. Now it is printed in one piece, 25% lighter and five times stronger. With the Materialise backbone of software solutions, GE was able to increase the production of the fuel nozzle in an efficient and controlled way.
“As we ramp up production on the LEAP fuel nozzle, Materialise Streamics will be our production control software for Additive Manufacturing. It will be an invaluable tool to help us save time and eliminate manual processes,”
Greg Morris, Additive Technologies Leader at GE Aviation.
Sean Keith, machine technology integration leader at GE, talks about the adoption of Additive Manufacturing, their 3D-printed fuel nozzle and Materialise Streamics software as the digital thread throughout their production. GE feels that it’s time for manufacturing companies to step into 3D Printing and make the transformation happen today. “The time for 3D Printing is now,” states Keith.