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For the 3D printing industry, October 2018 was a month of progress and milestones. This month brought an extinct species back to life, and Apple’s 3D printer closer to birth.
Flying higher with 3D printing
October was a big month for GE Additive. The company announced a landmark event in the history of aviation and 3D printing. GE Additive 3D printed and shipped 30,000th fuel engine nozzle tip. The 3D printed part is manufactured in GE Additive plant in Auburn, Alabama. The nozzle is an integral part of the CFM International LEAP, a turbofan engine used on commercial jets such as the Boeing 737.
America Makes, an additive manufacturing accelerator based in Youngstown, Ohio, received special attention. The Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-cost Sustainment (MAMLS) project under America Makes received a further investment of $9 million to oversee the completion of MAMLS. Tim Ryan, the Congressman who helped secure the grant believes that the money will go a long way in making Youngstown, a leading center of additive manufacturing in the U.S, the Silicon Valley of additive manufacturing.”