Industry Europe: How The Last Seven Years Have Shaped Additive Manufacturing’s Future

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This year, aerospace giant Boeing completed the first flight of its 777X jet, powered by twin GE9X engines equipped with more than300 3D printed parts. The GE9X is the most fuel-efficient jet engine that GE has ever produced, operating at 10 per cent lower fuel consumption than competing engines. This is just one example of how far a cry we are from 3D printing’s beginnings as a tool for rapid prototyping.

A combination of the rise of metals and polymers, advancements of 3D printing in biomedical and healthcare, and the availability of generative software helped create a perfect storm of developments to get to this point. The rise of metals played an important role in advancing 3D printing because it enabled great strides in the speed and versatility of materials.

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