About GE Additive
Why work with GE Additive?
At GE, we’ve experienced firsthand the benefits of additive manufacturing—opening up the design envelope and enabling the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems. We’ve also designed products that improve performance and are more complex in design, yet simpler to build. Here are just a few examples of how additive technology is changing the future of manufacturing.
The CFM International LEAP fuel nozzle tip combines 20 parts into one, offering five times the durability and 25% less weight. Designed for sustainably high, long-term output, GE Aviation expects to produce more than 40,000 fuel nozzle tips annually during the life of the program.
Advanced Turboprop Engine
GE Aviation is also using additive manufacturing to produce components in its most advanced military engines. In developing the Advanced Turboprop (ATP) engine for Cessna’s new aircraft, GE's design condensed 855 conventionally manufactured parts down to 12, significantly reducing weight by 5% and improving fuel efficiency with a 20% lower fuel burn. The resulting engine is comprised of 30% additive parts.
GE Oil & Gas
For GE Oil & Gas applications, additive technology has facilitated the development of finely tuned designs for the combustor swirler—the part that mixes fuel into the burner. Originally constructed from four externally sourced components, the additive process enables the part to be printed in one piece, making it stronger and more reliable at 50% of the cost. Over one thousand have already been produced and are currently in use.