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GE Open Innovation

GE Open Innovation

GE understands solving the world’s toughest problems through advanced manufacturing techniques and processes requires collaboration. By crowdsourcing innovation—both internally and externally—GE is improving customer value and driving advancements across industries. By sourcing and supporting innovative ideas, wherever they might come from, and applying GE’s scale and expertise, GE’s approach to open innovation is helping to address customer needs more efficiently and effectively.

Current Initatives

GE launched two additive manufacturing QUESTS in June 2013 that invited entrepreneurs, companies and institutions to offer their solutions to two additive manufacturing challenges:

To learn more about the quests, watch this Google+ Hangout and read the press release and the following articles from GE Reports:

3D Printing Design Quest

Redesign the Aircraft Engine Bracket: Winner receives up to $8,000

Designers submitted ideas for the next generation of aircraft engine brackets that leverage additive manufacturing to meet performance goals at a lighter weight.

PHASE I: Submit an improved design based on the provided diagram and specs from June 11 to August 9. These designs will be analyzed and evaluated via simulation with the top ten designs awarded $1,000 each. COMPLETE

  • We selected ten finalists from nearly 700 global design entries representing 56 countries to move on to the final phase of the Quest.

PHASE II: The top ten optimized engine bracket designs from Phase I will then be additively manufactured and subjected to a given loading scenario. The top 8 designs will receive awards from a total prize pool of $20,000. Phase II will run from September 17 to November 15. COMPLETE

The winners of the Design Quest were announced in December 2013. Congratulations to M Arie Kurniawan, an engineer from Salatiga in Central Java, Indonesia, who came in first place out of nearly 700 entries from 56 countries. Kurniawan’s jet engine bracket had the best combination of stiffness and light weight. With his design he slashed the original bracket’s weight by nearly 84 percent.

For more information and full Rules, please see the Official Rules

3D Printing Production Quest: High Precision and Advanced Materials

Prove Your Production Capabilities: Winner receives up to $55,000

The 3D Printing Production Quest will help drive advanced manufacturing capabilities by proving additive manufacturing techniques that deliver high precision and high fidelity of fine product features, and leverage advanced materials in the industrial landscape.

PHASE 1: Capabilities submissions from June 11 to August 9 up to 10 of the most promising Entrants each being awarded $5000 and an invitation to continue onto Phase II. COMPLETE

PHASE 2: Prototype fabrication from October 1 to January 8, 2014, with specified materials and a production budget of $5,000 allocated to each participating Entrant. Up to three winning prototypes will each win a $50,000 cash prize. COMPLETE

The winners of the 3D Printing Production Quest were announced in April 2014. The winners were selected based on statistical analysis of their dimensional capability as well as several qualitative aspects of their entries. Congratulations to the following winners:
• Martin Leuterer, EOS GmbH, Germany
• Rob Snoeijs, LayerWise, Belgium
• Bernhard Tabernig, PLANSEE SE Innovation Services, Austria

For more information and full Rules, please see the Official Rules