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General Electric Set to Make History With 3-D Printing

The additive manufacturing industry is set to change in a big way by 2016. This is the year that General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) plans to leverage its purchase of the newly acquired Morris Technology to accomplish full-scale production of the LEAP engine's fuel nozzles using additive manufacturing. The LEAP engine will be used in Boeing's 737-MAX airplane, and the use of additive manufacturing in its production will be the first time in history that the technology has been used on a scale this large.

Boeing 737-MAX: courtesy Boeing Media Images

At this year's AUVSI Unmanned Conference in Washington, D.C., Motley Fool analysts Blake Bos and Rex Moore stopped by GE's Additive Development Center booth to see just how the company is approaching this monumental task. Investors in any additive manufacturing company should take note of these developments, as any moves a company the size of GE makes will surely affect the entire industry. Watch the video below as Mike Cloran, marketing manager of GE's Additive Development Center, explains how GE plans to use the technology and what printers the company is using today. 

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  • Report this Comment On August 23, 2013, at 5:27 PM, Kokopud wrote:

    I have been interested in 3d printing since I first heard of it. This GE plan is almost unbelievable?

  • Report this Comment On August 23, 2013, at 5:33 PM, susie907 wrote:

    hate to be a nit-picker, "additive manufacturing in "its" production"

    It's = it is

    its = possessive, i.e. his, hers, its

  • Report this Comment On August 23, 2013, at 6:42 PM, TMFBos wrote:

    Got me Susie907; it has sense been corrected. Thanks for the keen editing eye.



  • Report this Comment On August 24, 2013, at 12:13 AM, malclave wrote:

    I really hope the use of the word "sense" above was a joke. :)

  • Report this Comment On August 24, 2013, at 1:43 PM, SkepikI wrote:

    Witch joke? ;-)

  • Report this Comment On August 26, 2013, at 6:53 AM, John1981 wrote:

    GE is still looking like good value from a quick look at the fundamentals:

  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2013, at 6:26 PM, spcd7 wrote:

    is'nt there a spelling and literature site for those of you so inclined?

  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2013, at 6:56 PM, QuantumAL wrote:

    I, too, hate to be a nit picker, Susie. But the article's use of "its" is correct: "The LEAP engine will be used in Boeing's 737-MAX airplane, and the use of additive manufacturing in its production..."

    The "its" is a reflexive pronoun referring back to the Leap engine - its production, not it's production.

  • Report this Comment On September 03, 2013, at 8:46 PM, Bonmotten wrote:

    Accuracy in language tends to correlate with accuracy in general. If you are claiming to "be right" - get it right.

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