Additive Manufacturing - The Next Industrial Revolution
GE Aviation are at the forefront of additive manufacturing for the jet propulsion industry.
World-leading jet engine provider, GE Aviation is set to be the first company of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.
The company will invest $50M in its existing facility in Auburn, AL, which has undergone a huge development project since 2011.
Auburn plant leader, Joe Markiewicz, said: “This investment is a testament to GE’s commitment to this advanced technology. The Auburn team will play a vital role in the next generation of aircraft engines and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
The introduction of additive manufacturing marks a breakthrough in technology for both GE and Auburn itself and will continue to grow with its partnership with the Aviation Technology Centre in Cincinnati (ATC). ATC is where new technologies are developed and is predicted to increase in size by 300% this year.
Greg Morris, General Manager at Additive Technologies, said: “We spent years proving out this technology for a critical component in the heart of the engine, the combustion chamber.
Now we are well positioned to apply this technology to other components in the same harsh environment which could prove to be game changing for future engine programs and designs.”
GE will also partner with local colleges including Alabama Industrial Development Training and Southern Union State Community College to offer pre-employment training programs along with internships for students at Auburn University and Tuskegee University.