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March 6, 2017 - March 9, 2017
Our CEO, Andre Wegner will conduct a talk titled “Additive Manufacturing Process Automation for Aviation”
Additive manufacturing has been used as a production tool in aviation programs for nearly a decade. But in the last few years, the scale of deployment has significantly increased. GE is investing in 100’s of machines that run simultaneously, some types (such as the A350) have more than 1000 3D printed parts. To manage these operations the same way we did before – manually inspecting and editing every file, setting up, monitoring and improving every print – is untenable. Instead, we can rely on increasingly sophisticated software automation to drive these processes, saving time and money as well as increasingly reliability and safety. In no other manufacturing sector is the opportunity so apparent since additive manufacturing has a more complete digital thread than any other part of the shop floor.