Why Airplanes Will Love 3-D Printing
During a recent interview, Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric , acknowledged that 3-D printing has some practical applications in the world of building jet engines. He wasn't talking about printing entire jet engines themselves, but 3-D printers could be used to print their biggest parts. The turbine blade for instance, which is made from some of the most expensive high-heat material on the planet could one day be printed by a 3-D printer. Additionally, adopting 3-D printing would cut down the time to design and develop an engine by half.
In this video, Fool.com contributor Steve Heller isolates one 3-D printing company that he believes would be most likely to benefit from a 3-D printed aviation revolution.
For GE, the recent financial crisis struck a blow, but management took advantage of the market's dip to make strategic bets in energy. If you're a GE investor, you need to understand how these bets could drive this company to become the world's infrastructure leader. At the same time, you need to be aware of the threats to GE's portfolio. To help, we're offering comprehensive coverage for investors in a premium report on General Electric, in which our industrials analyst breaks down GE's multiple businesses. You'll find reasons to buy or sell GE today. To get started, click here now.
The article Why Airplanes Will Love 3-D Printing originally appeared on Fool.com.
Fool contributor Steve Heller owns shares of The ExOne Company. The Motley Fool recommends Tesla Motors and The ExOne Company. The Motley Fool owns shares of General Electric Company and Tesla Motors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.