We recently added a model jet engine to the design-sharing community Thingiverse, and are loving all the different builds of it so far. The model above was built by user kiwi76 and painted in chrome, and we can only assume it jetted here from the future. Check out the design here, and if you print one, we’d love to see it. Show us your builds on Thingiverse, and feel free to drop us a line if you have any ideas about what we should design next!
In the summer of 1966, New York Central Railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his team sought out to build a train that could travel at 200 mph. Given just 30 days to do so, the team bottled a pair of GE J47-19 jet engines to a railcar, and, on a clear day in July, broke a North American speed record that still stands today. We recently caught up with Wetzel at his home to hear more about the experimental vehicle. Check out the video above and learn more about the jet-powered train here.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the moon. The giant leap was made possible by decades of scientific research, rigorous testing, and new innovations spearheaded by NASA with collaborations by many other groups and organizations, one of which was GE. Among other contributions to the technology of the Apollo program, GE researchers developed a special silicon rubber for the astronaut’s boots. This week, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, GE, Android Homme and JackThreads collaborated on a new sneaker called The Missions, which Buzz Aldrin is wearing in the picture above. The sneakers feature lightweight carbon fiber used for jet engine components, and a hydrophobic coating similar to the materials that prevent ice from forming on wind turbines. Read more about the collaboration at GE Reports.
Transform your desk into a manufacturing hub with our 3D-printed jet engine assembly kit. This 14-piece model makes the perfect gift for aviation geeks, engine enthusiasts, friends, relatives, baristas, and pets (don’t actually give this to your pets). To create this badass machine right at home, head to our Thingiverse page to download the files and view the step-by-step assembly instructions. Happy jet-setting!
An Airbus A400M on short final approach at Farnborough. This aircraft has GE technology including; in-flight refueling probe, fixed wing trailing edge components and video interface and distribution system. Photo credit: adamsenatori
Awaiting the start of the airshow in front of a US Navy P-8 Poseiden, a modified Boeing 737-800ERX with CFM-56-7B at Farnborough. This aircraft conducts maritime surveillance, shipping interdiction and anti submarine warfare. The P-8 recently assisted in the search for MH 370. Photo credit: adamsenatori