The 3-D Printed Jet Engine Will Soon Be Here: GE Invests $1.4 Billion in 2 European 'Additive Manufacturing' Firms
General Electric spent $1.5 billion in 3-D printing technology and recently announced that it would be investing nearly the same sum to purchase German manufacturer SLM Solutions Group and the Swedish firm Arcam. Both companies specialize in "additive manufacturing," the industrial form of 3-D printing. The techniques developed by the company are already in use on a smaller scale, but GE plans on cultivating them until they are capable of creating – one ultra thin layer at a time – critical components of jet engines.
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