A View of Manufacturing Through 3D Glasses

As consumers, we have been living in 3D for quite some time now.  A simple night out at the movies will give you that experience.  They just released the Wizard of Oz in 3D!  Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  For the world of manufacturing, well… it’s opening up a whole new world and way of making things.

Hi, my name is Christine Furstoss and I lead GE’s technology programs in advanced manufacturing, which includes everything from machining and casting technologies to materials science, welding, and yes, 3D printing. In the past few years, 3D printing, or additive as we call it in our labs, has received overwhelming attention. You can’t pick up a magazine or newspaper these days without reading or seeing something about it.

When you see what additive can do, it’s easy to see why the hype is so big.  The way you make parts, components and products through additive is changing not only how we make things; it’s changing what we can make.  For centuries, we machined, milled or cast material into the shape we wanted. Now, we’re building them up layer-by-layer into virtually any shape we want.  With additive, product designers are experiencing new degrees the freedom they have never had.  Before, designers had one or two shots to get a design right because of all the time and expense required to prepare it for manufacturing. Now, we can’t get them to stop iterating design after design because it’s so easy to tweak it and try something new.

What does this all mean for the future of manufacturing? What does it mean for our future workforce? And what does it mean for what we can create and build?

On Friday, September 27th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, I will be moderating a Google+ Video Hangout with top experts in the additive manufacturing space, which you can view on GE Global Research Live.  I will be picking their brains on how they see the future of additive unfolding and what it will mean.

Check out the site to learn more about the experts participating in the panel and submit your questions ahead of time directly on the page or on Twitter using the hashtag #geresearchlive. You can  add this event to your calendar from our Global Research Live site as well.

I hope you will join us on Friday!

Christine

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