GE chooses ten finalists from nearly 700 global design entries representing 56 countries to move onto the final phase of its Quest.
GE today unveiled ten Phase I finalists from its Jet Engine Bracket Design Quest. This design Quest invited individuals, companies and institutions to redesign loading brackets found on jet engines using 3D printing. A critical component of a jet engine, brackets support the weight of the engine during handling and must withstand significant vibrations during flight.
Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE Global Research Center said, “We have entered into a new era of manufacturing that is leveraging the proven power of open innovation. Additive manufacturing is allowing GE, together with the Maker community, to push the boundaries of traditional engineering. These finalists have demonstrated what can be achieved by embracing this more open, collaborative model.”
Each finalist will receive $1,000 and move on to the second phase, in which the jet engine bracket designs will be additively manufactured and subjected to load testing by GE.
“The GE Quest has been one our most successful challenges, in terms of number of entrants, technical sophistication of submissions and quality of results”, said Hardi Meybaum, CEO of GrabCAD.”It’s been great watching the community exploit the advantages of additive manufacturing in such a demanding application.”
Located around the world, finalists include:
The second phase of the Quest will run from September 17 to November 15 and the top eight designs will receive awards from a total prize pool of $20,000.
This Quest and GE’s focus on additive manufacturing are part of the company’s continued commitment to the ongoing industrial revolution – advanced manufacturing. GE is the world’s largest user of additive technologies in metals, with a full-scale additive manufacturing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a global team of 600 engineers across 21 sites.
More information can be found at: GrabCad