Each year, GE engineers and scientists celebrate the holidays and the year’s innovations by re-envisioning the design of Santa’s sleigh. This year in honor of 3D Printing Day on December 3rd, GE teamed up with the GrabCAD community to create 3D printed designs for Santa’s sleigh. The four entries above were the top-rated designs. Read more about the challenge on Fast Company.
What’s more hydrophobic than a cat? The superhydrophobic materials GE Global Research is developing to keep ice off big machines like wind turbines. When water hits the surface of a superhydrophobic material it bounces right off, like it’s doing on this cat’s head. See more hydrophobic action in this video of water droplets filmed with a high speed camera.
To celebrate how 3D printing is changing the way the world works, we’re giving it its own holiday: 3D Printing Day. To mark the occasion, GE teamed up with designers to create different prototypes for printable gifts. Check out the list at 3Dprintmygift.tumblr.com and on December 3rd, tweet using the hashtag #3DPrintMyGift for a chance to have your own customized gift printed and shipped to you.
Hot off the 3-D printer is this jet engine bracket, which is one of the ten finalists in GE’s 3-D Printing Design Quest challenge. GE called on the maker community to design stronger but lighter brackets and received over 700 entries from all over the world. The ten finalists will undergo mechanical tests at GE Global Research in upstate New York.
These images showcase the diverse array of shapes 3D printing can produce, as well as the different materials that can be used in today’s advanced printers. Click through the photo set to learn more about the images and visit GE Reports to see more.
GE is challenging the Maker community to use 3D printing to manufacture complex parts for medical equipment, and to redesign a bracket used for manipulating jet engines. This is a selection of submissions for the bracket challenge. View more submissions and join the challenge here.