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A look at an additive engineer’s version of a sandbox. The sand binder jetting machine, pictured here, uses a chemical binder to print casting molds from layers of fine sand. Each layer is 280 microns thick—that’s about as thick as a strand of human hair. This machine can print an intricate mold, which you can see in green, in one day and have the casting back from the foundry the next day. Using traditional manufacturing techniques, this process would’ve taken weeks. Swipe through to see an engineer at play, and head to the link in our bio to learn more.

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A major advantage of additive manufacturing is the ability to rapidly print, test and redesign components. Traditionally, building a part required shaping it down from a big piece of metal. With additive, we’re building up complex parts layer by layer. Take the process of creating our new GE Catalyst, a turboprop engine with a quarter of its parts printed from various metals. With innovation made possible through additive techniques, the engineers who designed it could more easily make and test early designs. This cut engine development time by several years. Swipe to see a peek at the process. Head to the link in our bio to learn more about how additive manufacturing transformed the Catalyst. Photos by @avio_aero
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Additive manufacturing has transformed the LEAP engine, produced by CFM. It’s the first engine with additively manufactured fuel nozzle parts. 25% lighter than previous models and five times more durable than a part made using traditional manufacturing techniques, these fuel nozzles create a more efficient engine system. Swipe to see one of the engineers behind the journey, Josh Mook, Engineering Leader at GE Additive. Learn how Josh reimagines jet engine parts at the link in our bio.

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The circular head of the fuel nozzle is now a single unit, weighing 25% less thanks to additive manufacturing. It started as a design file. Then individual powder particles were melted layer by layer, building until they formed a complete part. This process is how we were able to combine 20 separate parts into one. Tune in Friday for a look at the technology this piece fits into, and head to the link in our bio to learn more about the engineering behind this part.

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Additive manufacturing has revolutionized the way we build components for our most advanced technologies. This laser beam follows instructions from a design file to fuse thin layers of metal powder together layer by layer until the design is formed. Previously, this level of design complexity was nearly impossible to recreate. Tomorrow see an example of a jet engine component that went from 20 separate parts to just one unit thanks to additive techniques.

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The ultimate design challenge: redesign industrial parts for powerful technology like jet engines and gas turbines, while making them stronger, lighter and more efficient. The solution: additive manufacturing. These technologies give engineers the freedom to create parts with internal geometries that were incredibly difficult to make before. For example, the 3D-printed sample here has rotating gears that would have been nearly impossible to create without a 3D printer. Swipe through to see this design come to life, and head to the link in our bio for more on the state-of-the-art facility producing real world components.
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Additive technology is becoming the ultimate creative tool for our engineers. It allows them to imagine and test complex designs that were nearly impossible to make before. Take Dave Bartosik. He’s using a specialized titanium powder heated as high as 1200°C to discover revolutionary ways to make jet engine parts. Swipe through to see Dave in action and head to the link in our bio for more on how additive manufacturing is changing the way we think about technology design. Photos by @ilitchpeters

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Additive manufacturing techniques are allowing our engineers to bring their most complicated drawings to life. For example, the fuel nozzles inside GE LEAP engines are so complex they can only be built through 3D printing. It fits what used to be 20 separately produced parts into a single unit. Here’s a peak at the process, where a laser beam fuses thin layers of metal powder together. Layer by layer, the fuel nozzle will come together. By making this one part more complex, we reduced the complexity of building the larger system—in this case, the LEAP jet engine. This month, we’ll walk you through the ways we’re using additive technology to transform industrial design and manufacturing, one step at a time. Head to our Story to see more.

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This month we journeyed through the #WindCycle of the complex manufacturing and logistics that delivered 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines, and all of their components, to Merkur offshore wind farm. Once online, Merkur will supply 500,000 European homes with renewable energy. Check out our Story to see some of our favorite moments along the way. The sun may have set on this #WindCycle journey, but the future of the Haliade 150-6MW turbine looks bright. Photo by @nk7

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The port in Eemshaven was a rite of passage for the 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines headed to Merkur offshore wind farm. There, components manufactured around the world—from blades to towers to nacelles—came together to await final shipment and installation, so they can begin generating power at Merkur. Later this year, these components will form the 66 turbines capable of generating 396MW of power, enough to supply 500,000 European homes with renewable energy. Check out our Story for a closer look at each piece. Photo by @seenewphoto

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Meet Sergio, @ge__renewables’ Logistics Hub Manager for the Merkur project. He’s leading the charge to deliver 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines to Merkur. Here he stands among towers slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty, made of three separate sections that come together to form one 1,200-ton tower. The scale of the Merkur project is massive, involving complex logistics and accounting for 330 separate components for the turbines alone. Head to our Story for an insider’s look at this phase of the #WindCycle. Photo by @finn

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The Haliade 150-6MW #WindCycle nears its end at the port in Eemshaven, Netherlands. That’s where the turbines’ components met for the first time to await shipment and installation at Merkur offshore wind farm. Photographer @nk7 captured a bird’s eye view of one of the vessels that brought 6 of the 66 Haliade 150-6MWs to Merkur. Each vessels holds up to 6 nacelles, 6 full towers and 10 blades.

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