Strengthen your industrial manufacturing processes

Mold making. Die casting. Part making. Now, the ready are evaluating how additive can drive greater returns on investment. Discover your additive advantage, from new business opportunities with tool steel and pure copper to reducing warpage on molded parts with conformal cooling.

Hit the shop floor running

Now, industrial manufacturers are evaluating how metal additive can drive greater returns on investment with enhanced products and streamlined processes.

With GE Additive as your trusted partner, you can:

• Increase productivity and part quality with conformal cooling channels.
• Save time and costs in maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO).
• Shorten lead time and lower expenditures with an efficient supply chain.
• Improve the final product with materials, like highly alloyed tool steel and pure copper. 
• Leverage GE’s technical expertise and material parameters. 

Download our playbook "Building the Business Case: Identifying Criteria to Measure ROI for Additive Manufacturing," where we outline 4 steps to create a comprehensive business case and move to production – faster.

Conformal cooling strategies

Design conformal cooling channels and features unmatched by machining. Surface and parallel cooling allows for improved temperature management and unique designs, such as spiral cooling ducts on the tool bodies and small-channel diameters.

Cooling channels form a mesh structure to enable uniform surface cooling of a glass insert for spectacles, just 2 to 3 mm beneath the mold contour.

Results:
High-pressure stability throughout the part’s arched structure
Even temperature control across large areas minimizes part distortion

Source: Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH 

Repair and Restoration

AM allows for the repair and optimization of existing tools and parts, which leads to longer product lifetimes and saving costs. A combination process of traditional and additive manufacturing lets you additively build on top of a conventional, pre-manufactured part. That means you can capitalize on the low costs of conventional manufacturing as well as the design freedom and increased product functionality of additive.

Advantages of AM:
• Increases efficiency while maintaining quality 
• Saves time and costs 
• Enables on-demand production 

Supply Chain

Additive can help optimize manufacturing processes and streamline the larger supply chain. Shorten lead times and reduce costs by additively manufacturing hard-to-find and low-volume parts on-demand. 

Advantages of AM:
• Reduces lead time
• Lowers expenditures
• Enables mass customization
• Extends product life span
• Streamlines the supply chain

Additive Benefits for Industrial Manufacturing 


Lower costs and simplified supply chains
AM allows you to consolidate parts, which may reduce your supply sources and logistical costs, and create parts on-demand (MRO).

Improved product performance
Reduce part warpage with additive cooling technologies.  

Reduced production lead time
High flexibility during development can significantly reduce time to market.
 
Faster cycle time

Additive cooling technologies promote faster cycle times.

Flexible logistics 
Additive allows distributed manufacturing and on-demand product solutions.

Our machine solutions

Our experts will help you find the right machine type for your industrial manufacturing application.

Powders

We’ve carefully developed our powders to seamlessly fit into the entire GE Additive ecosystem and provide total compatibility with our machines. We provide metal powder, process settings and support for these materials ideal for the industrial manufacturing industry:

  • Stainless Steels
  • Maraging Steel 
  • Aluminums
  • Nickel Alloys
  • Titanium 
  • Cobalt Chrome
     

AddWorks

Wherever you’re at on your path to full metal additive production, our team is ready to help you bring new innovation to market faster.

What are our Workshops? 
Learn foundational knowledge and additive strategies in a classroom environment. Workshops typically run three to five days.

What are the Application Sprints? 
Get comprehensive support anywhere on your path to production with workshops and training, and/or hands-on consulting with GE’s AddWorks experts.