The Future of 3-D Printing With General Electric

The future of additive manufacturing has many naysayers and advocates. Many believe it will change the face of manufacturing in the near future, while others think the technology has a long way to go before it's capable of large-scale industrial applications. General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) is in the former camp and has embarked on a mission to make history by using the technology for large-scale manufacturing of its fuel nozzles for the engines in Boeing's 737 MAX airplane. Investors in additive manufacturing should take note of these developments, as any moves that a company the size of GE makes will surely affect the entire industry.


Boeing 737-MAX. Photo: 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 what the company had to say about the future of additive manufacturing. Watch the following video as Mike Cloran, marketing manager of GE's Additive Development Center, explains where he sees the technology heading over the next five to 10 years as the company tries to make history.

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  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 1:08 AM, 110254545yy wrote:

    PUMP it Baby.

    fuel nozzles, the next great money maker?

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 11:29 AM, pcjcusa1 wrote:

    More 3D printing bull-crap...yawn. 3D printing has a great marketing campaign behind it, but just like with Google Glass and Siri, I don't really see the benefit no matter how often tech geeks and people who just "think it's cool" try to lay them out for me.

  • Report this Comment On August 26, 2013, at 6:39 PM, TeslaNY wrote:

    Isn't Sigma Labs creating the standards for the 3d printing that creates the GE fuel nozzles? I saw $SGLB on a GE press release but no mention in recent articles.

  • Report this Comment On September 12, 2013, at 2:08 AM, shaneatlas wrote:

    @TeslaNY you are on the money. best kept secret in 3D printing. i'm hoping it goes down before it goes up because i want to accumulate a lot of this gem.

  • Report this Comment On September 12, 2013, at 2:11 AM, shaneatlas wrote:

    @TeslaNY -- SGLB article referencing partnership with GE:

    They are a small company with crap PR. I suspect more strategic partnership surprises in the near future.


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