Applications of 3D Printing: Transport, Healthcare

GE has recently published new information about innovative ways that 3D printing is being applied, to improve the environment as well as healthcare delivery. A GE factory is 3D-printing turbine blades for the world's largest jet engine, the GE9X, which will be used in the Boeing 777X. The 3D printing plant has 20 wardrobe-sized printers created by Arcam, each of which can simultaneously print 6 blades made from titanium aluminide, which is a material that is much lighter than most metal alloys used in aviation today. Combined with 3D-printed fuel nozzles, the blades will make the engine 10 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor. Separately, at the J&J 3D Printing Center of Excellent, engineers are focused on 3D-printing surgical tools, implants and even "bioprinted" tissue for organs. Doctors can use 3D printing to make bespoke surgical tools. They can also create precisely fitted implants from MRI and CT scans. 

October 2017