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Find answers for the most-commonly asked questions surrounding GE Additive. Learn more about how additive manufacturing works, its processes, and its applications across industry.

Frequently asked questions

What is GE Additive?
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GE Additive is a global pioneer in additive manufacturing technology and part of GE. With a legacy of over two decades of experience in additive; our machinery, materials, and expertise help businesses to transform their operations.

When was GE Additive founded?
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GE Additive was formed in 2016, marked by the joining of Concept Laser technology and GE's production operations. This was later followed by the addition of Arcam EBM and AP&C technology in 2017, to further strengthen the offering.

Where is GE Additive located?
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GE Additive's main locations are in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lichtenfels and Garching in Germany and Mölnlycke in Sweden.

Who leads GE Additive?
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GE Additive is led by President & CEO Riccardo Procacci, who was appointed to this position in May 2020. In this role, he provides strategic direction and operational leadership to GE Additive and Avio Aero. 

How can I contact GE Additive?
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You can contact GE Additive using the form, available on our website. Complete the form on our "Contact Us" page, and a GE Additive representative will contact you to discuss your request.

What is additive manufacturing?
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Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a ground-breaking new approach to design and production. Harnessing the freedom and efficiency of digital to create lighter, stronger parts and systems.

What is a 3D metal printer?
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A 3D metal printer takes metal powder, melts it and layers it to create complex 3D geometries. The level of melting required will vary, depending on the process used and the desired output.

What is additive manufacturing used for?
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Additive manufacturing is used to produce lighter, stronger parts and systems; with greater efficiency. It has uses across a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive and medical.

What are additive technologies?
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At GE we focus on two primary additive technologies. Electron beam melting, or 'EBM', machines create accurate parts quickly with a high-power electron beam. Direct metal laser melting, or 'DMLM', machines use lasers to melt layers of fine metal powder and create complex shapes.

How much does a metal 3D printer cost?
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For use in common industry applications, costs for metal 3D printers can vary greatly. It is advised to contact a specialist, such as a GE Additive consultant, to help you find the right machine for your needs.

What types of industries are using 3d printers?
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3D printing has applications across a wide range of industries. In aerospace and automotive, additive technology enables the fast production of lighter and stronger parts. While in healthcare, it is possible to produce implants and other prosthetics.

What is the biggest 3D printer available?
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Project A.T.L.A.S is GE Additive’s company-wide program to develop the next generation large-format additive machines. The first machine produced offers the world’s largest DMLM build envelope without compromising quality; with a build volume of 950 mm x 810 mm x 300 mm.

What are the advantages of 3D printing?
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There are three main advantages to 3D printing for industry. Additive technologies produce parts that are lighter, stronger and faster to create than their traditional counterparts.

What is the additive manufacturing process?
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Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the process of adding material to create an object. Machines deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. Computer-aided-design software or 3D object scanners are used to create models to direct the hardware.

What are the different additive manufacturing processes?
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There are a total of seven widely-known additive manufacturing techniques. GE offers solutions for four of these processes; including powder bed fusion, direct metal laser melting, electron beam melting and binder jetting.

What is EBM? (Electron Beam Melting)
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Electron beam melting utilizes a high-power beam to melt metal powder. It can be a time and cost-effective way of producing high-density bespoke projects. The process also allows you to produce parts with no residual stress in a clean and controlled environment.

What is DMLM? (Direct Metal Laser Melting)
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Direct metal laser melting involves the melting of metal powder into liquid pools. A digital file guides the “printing” of thin layers of fully-melted powders. The process results in a high-resolution object with a smooth surface and properties equal to or greater than those produced using traditional means.

What are additive manufacturing materials?
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A variety of materials are used in additive manufacturing; such as metals, ceramics, and glass. Each material has its own advantages and applications. Powders for 3d printing metals can range from titanium, to alloys, to precious metals such as gold.