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The oil embargo of 1973 forced government and businesses to innovate their way out of the crisis. For GE, that meant focusing on multi-layered high-tech called composites, and teaming up with NASA to develop an experimental, energy-efficient engine called the GE36. While the GE36 never became a commercial engine, GE continues to use carbon fiber composite blades for engines including the GE90 and the GEnx. 

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!  

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!  

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!

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!