Just as the internet revolutionized shopping and information, additive technologies like 3D printing are revolutionizing manufacturing. These additive techniques grow parts from the ground up by either depositing or fusing layers of material. Engineers can create these designs on their computers and then send them to a 3D printer. There the machine takes the design and breaks it into layers.
“There are no limits to complexity,” says Dario Mantegazza, an Avio Aero manufacturing engineer in Cameri. “You can create hollow structures if you want, or something like a bone.”
Cameri is a key piece of GE’s additive manufacturing business strategy. Its facilities exist in Germany and Sweden, where, last fall, GE Aviation acquired majority stakes in the 3D printing machine manufacturers Concept Laser and Arcam. Now within the United States, additive is thriving in Cincinnati, home of the additive manufacturing pioneer Morris Technologies, and Auburn, Alabama, where GE Aviation has another 3D printing factory.
“Italy and Avio Aero will be at the center of the growth of our additive ecosystem,” said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation.