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GE Crowdsources The Design Of Sophisticated Airplane Parts [Pics]

Leading innovation company look to the maker community for 3D-printed schematics.

Lara Piras
Lara Piras on July 26, 2013.

GE has turned to the maker community for their 3D Printing Production Quest, which challenged designers to develop a new aircraft engine bracket that weighed 30% less and performed just as well with the chance to win up to $20,000.

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Mark Little, Senior Vice President at GE Global Research Center explains, ‘GE is committed to leading the next manufacturing revolution through innovative hardware, material and process advancements. This revolution depends on collaboration with external innovators and partners.’

The 3D-printed bracket submissions have rolled in, click through the gallery as GE presents a selection of some of them so far:

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