GE fired up world’s largest commercial jet engine using 3D-printed metal parts

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Written by Michael J. Coren.

General Electric this month started testing the largest jet engine ever built, at its wooded test site near Peebles, Ohio. The new engine, the GE9X, is more efficient, more powerful, and more heat resistant than its predecessors. It’s also made with 3D-printed parts.

Its development marks another milestone in the aviation industry’s evolution from building airplanes with rivets and aluminum to assembling them with carbon-fiber materials and printers that give shape to liquid metal.

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Originally published April 25, 2016.

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