GE is one of the largest manufacturers in the country to use 3D printing for mainstream manufacturing. In 2016, GE has already opened three different advanced manufacturing facilities featuring 3D printing technology.
They have already started using 3D printing with GE Oil & Gas. They will soon begin using this technology for nuclear power with a U.S. Department of Energy project (DOE).
The DOE is working with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) on this $2 million project using 3D printing parts for the nuclear industry. The GE Power Advanced Manufacturing Works facility will begin printing 3D sample replacement parts for nuclear power plants and shipping them to Idaho National Laboratory for irradiation in the Advanced test Reactor.
GEH will analyze the parts, matching them against unirradiated material. Using this information, they will be able to use the 3D printed parts in areas of the nuclear power industry.
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