GE Hones Its Additive Manufacturing Edge

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General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) is the world's largest industrial conglomerate. If you're a long-term investor in GE, you likely have the following question on your mind: At $147 billion in annual revenue, how does the company grow its market share in the industries in which it competes?

In the accompanying video, Motley Fool contributor Asit Sharma discusses GE's use of additive manufacturing technology as a strategic weapon to add value to its industrial parts, while increasing market share with its largest customers in the process. Asit discusses additive manufacturing using the example of the LEAP aircraft engine, which is being developed under a joint venture between GE and French aerospace giant Safran  (NASDAQOTH: SAFRY  ) . How will GE benefit from this increasingly prominent technology? Watch below to find out.

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  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 3:15 PM, weyorel wrote:

    In your video report on GE and additive manufacturing you did not mention whether GE patents the materials it is developing or whether it is using equipment GE develops to manufacture 3-D printed parts. Is that information publicly available?

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 4:50 PM, TMFfinosus wrote:

    Hi weyorel,

    Great question. Many of the processes GE uses in additive manufacturing are proprietary. My guess is that the composite ceramic I mentioned will be under patent. As for public availability of GE patents, you may be interested in something really interesting that GE is up to regarding its patents, which I have not seen elsewhere: http://goo.gl/UBbf77

    Thanks for commenting!

    Asit

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