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.

Blake Bos and Rex Moore have no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends 3D Systems and ExOne, owns shares of 3D Systems, ExOne, and General Electric, and has options on 3D Systems. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.