Video: "Barriers to Entry" in Additive Manufacturing

March 2014

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Sometimes additive manufacturing techniques can be used with minimal capital outlay and training, and proponents say there are few “barriers to entry.” But when metals are used for critical parts in complex machines, significant investment and expertise is required. Greg Morris of GE Aviation describes some of the processes used to produce high performance, additively-manufactured parts for jet engines.

Morris spoke during the keynote event at ASME’s 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition. In a discussion led by ASME Executive Director Thomas Loughlin, Morris was joined by Michael F. Molnar, director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office of the Department of Commerce, Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego, and Dave Ciscel, Vice President of CalRAM. Learn more.

The Keynote was a featured session of the ASME Advanced Manufacturing Impact Forum. Forum moderators and panelists included leaders in academia, industry and government. Find out more about the Impact Forum.

Greg Morris is a pioneer in the use of lasers to fuse metal alloys (direct metal laser sintering). His company in Cincinnati, Morris Technologies, was purchased by GE Aviation in 2012. GE Aviation is using the technology for parts in its new CFM International LEAP engine.  View an ASME video on the design and testing of the fuel nozzle for this advanced jet engine.

ASME will continue to bring together today's thought leaders in Additive Manufacturing — in August, at the ASME Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum 2014, in Buffalo, New York.

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