GE Aviation has so much faith in 3D printing that it will soon relocate its Sharonville facility to a much larger space. GE bought what used to be called Morris Technologies in 2012. Morris was the first to introduce 3D metallic based technology to North America.
The technology works by taking a very fine grain metal powder and thinly layering it using a laser. This is different than taking solid material and subtracting it to make a part, like is done in machining.
Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, challenged by Governor John Kasich to outcompete neighboring states for jobs and capital, points to a plan his agency used with GE Aviation to fast track permits. What normally could take up to 18 months to approve took just five months. Because it was so successful, the system of using six people instead of two to process the permit may be modeled around the state and nation.
GE Aviation and University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) have signed an agreement to collaborateat the new GE Aviation Research Center in Evendale and its three labs. GE says, "the scope of this agreement marks a first in Ohio between a leading aerospace company and a leading university research institute."
GE Aviation says the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) is now the largest operator of its F110 engine other than the U.S. government. Today the Evendale-based company announced RSAF has ordered 193 F110-GE-129E engines for 84 new twin-engine Boeing F-15SA aircraft.