Step into GE’s Aviation Center in Cincinnati and you’ll see vintage airplane parts suspended from the ceiling of the lobby. Those parts were made with traditional manufacturing — a painstaking puzzle of small pieces fit together. But when you walk through the doors to GE’s workspace, you’ll see a different kind of manufacturing taking place.
The Concept Laser Machine— in the first video below — is creating industrial parts for jet engines with new levels of efficiency, while the Arcam Q10 — shown in the second video — makes everything from prosthetics to jet engine parts using Electron Beam Melting technology (EBM).
Meanwhile, at the GE facility in Shelton, Connecticut, there’s a full-blown additive manufacturing operation where engineers are making orthopedic implants (among other things) with EBM. The result? Better, more durable products on the market. See those implants being made in the third video below.