When GE gets in the game, it’s a clear signal that all systems are go. Last year, GE announced plans to use 3-D printing for 45,000 fuel nozzles a year for its new LEAP engines.
Other top manufacturers such as Boeing, Ford, United Technolgoies and BAE systems are using this technology as well.
In fact just last week BAE announced that its Tornado fighter jet fitted with metal components created on a 3-D printer undertook a successful test flight in Britain last month.
Over the next seven years, additive manufacturing is expected to grow into a $10.8 billion industry as prices fall, machines proliferate and applications abound.
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