3D Printing a Jet Engine

Using Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) to fuse thin layers of hybrid alloys together, a team of engineers at GE has printed a small jet engine that operates.

The 3D Printed Jet Engine

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These Engineers 3D Printed a Mini Jet Engine, Then Took it to 33,000 RPM – [gereports.com]

Consider it a jet engine for the Oompa-Loompas. GE engineers working on the future of aircraft manufacturing recently showed off some of their capabilities. They made a simple 3D-printed mini jet engine that roared at 33,000 rotations per minute.

The backpack-sized jet engine was built by a team of technicians, machinists and engineers who work at a GE Aviation’s Additive Development Center outside Cincinnati, a lab focused on developing additive manufacturing, a next-generation technique that can make complex 3D structures by melting metal powder layer upon layer. They built the engine over the course of several years to test the technology’s abilities and to work on a side project together.

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