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Consortium, an industry association created to develop and promote a
new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing, today announced that GE
Global Research, the central technology development hub of GE (NYSE:
GE), which is pioneering uses for additive manufacturing, has joined at
the Founding membership level.
Scientists and engineers in GE's Additive Manufacturing Lab have been
pioneers in developing new additive produced components with metals and
ceramics. In fact, with 3D printed parts being used in two different jet
engine platforms, GE built the first mass production additive facility
in the U.S. in Auburn, Alabama, which is building parts and getting more
machines on line every month. Today GE is the world's largest user of
additive technologies with metals.
"With the successful integration of 3D printed metal parts in two
different jet engine platforms and the construction of GE Aviation's $50
million state-of-the-art high-volume additive production plant in
Auburn, Alabama, we achieved major milestones with our additive program
in 2015," said Prabhjot Singh, Manager of the Additive Manufacturing Lab
at GE Global Research. "But we have only scratched the surface on
additive's potential. With even better design tools, machines and new
materials, we can dramatically expand the additive industry's footprint
in manufacturing. That future will arrive faster through the strong
ecosystem that 3MF is building to bring the right stakeholders together
to accelerate new innovations and breakthroughs in this space."
"GE Global Research is a recognized leader with real-world experience
using 3D printing and additive manufacturing to drive innovation," said
Adrian Lannin, 3MF Consortium executive director. "We look forward to
working with GE Global Research to enrich the 3MF standard and create
new opportunities for both 3D printing and the additive manufacturing
The 3MF Consortium was formed to close the gap between the capabilities
of modern 3D printers and outdated file formats. The 3MF specification
eliminates the problems associated with currently available file
formats, resolving interoperability and functionality issues, and
enabling companies to focus more on innovation. The first version of the
3MF specification is available now for download
at no charge.
Two levels of 3MF Consortium membership are available: Founding and
Associate. Members work collaboratively to develop, enhance and promote
the 3MF specification.
About GE Global ResearchGE Global Research is the hub of
technology development for all of GE's businesses. Our scientists and
engineers redefine what's possible, drive growth for our businesses, and
find answers to some of the world's toughest problems. We innovate 24
hours a day, with sites in Niskayuna, New York; San Ramon, California;
Detroit, Michigan; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Bangalore, India; Shanghai,
China; Munich, Germany; Tirat Carmel, Israel; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. Visit GE Global Research on the web at www.geglobalresearch.com.
Connect with our technologists at www.geglobalresearch.com/blog
About the 3MF ConsortiumLaunched in 2015, the 3MF
Consortium is a Joint
Development Foundation project with the goal to define a 3D printing
format that will allow design applications to send full-fidelity 3D
models to a mix of other applications, platforms, services and printers.
The 3MF (for 3D Manufacturing Format) specification eliminates the
widespread issues with currently available file formats.
Founding members of the 3MF Consortium are: 3D Systems; Autodesk, Inc;
Dassault Systèmes, SA.; FIT AG; GE Global Research; HP, Inc.;
Materialise; Microsoft Corporation; Shapeways, Inc.; Siemens PLM
Software; SLM Solutions Group AG; Stratasys, and Ultimaker. The starting
point for the Consortium's development of the 3MF specification was
Microsoft's donation of its 3D file format work-in-progress. More
information about the 3MF Consortium and the 3MF specification is
available at http://www.3mf.io.
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