Photos of the Day: 3D-printed blades for jet engine turbines

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:21pm
GE Reports

Engineers at the Italian aerospace company Avio have developed a breakthrough process for 3D printing light-weight metal blades for jet engine turbines.

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The method builds the blades from a titanium powder fused with a beam of electrons accelerated by a 3-kilowatt electron gun.

The machine is using an electron beam to melt the powder (yellow) and build the part from a 3D digital blueprint.

Avio 3D-printed LPT blades for the LEAP, GEnx, GE90 and GE9X jet engines.


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