GE Announces Winners of 3D Printing Design Quest

by GE

FAIRFIELD, Conn.–()–GE (NYSE:GE) today announced eight winners of its 3D Printing Design Quest, which challenged innovators to redesign loading brackets found on jet engines using 3D printing. The redesigned brackets reduce engine weight and fuel consumption. M Arie Kurniawan, based in Salatiga, Indonesia, won the first place prize of $7,000. The balance of the $20,000 prize pool will be awarded to the finalists capturing second through eighth place.

Phase II winners include:
1st Prize Winner- $7,000 cash
M Arie Kurniawan, based in Indonesia.

2nd Prize – $5,000 cash
Thomas Johansson, Ph.D, based in Sweden.

3rd Prize – $3,000 cash
Sebastien Vavassori, based in the United Kingdom.

4th -8th Prize $1,000 cash each
Nic Adams, based in Australia.
Fidel Chirtes, based in Romania.
Mandli Peter, based in Hungary.
Andreas Anedda, based in Italy.
Piotr Mikulski, based in Poland

The top ten bracket designs were additively manufactured at GE Aviation’s additive manufacturing facility in Cincinnati and subjected to rigorous load testing, at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna. Testing parts to failure was performed to ensure the winning designs meet the highest quality and performance criteria. Loading brackets on jet engines play a critical role: they must support the weight of the engine during handling without breaking or warping.

GE and GrabCAD asked designers to improve upon this bracket. It weighs 2,033 grams  (Photo Courtesy of GE and GrabCAD)

GE and GrabCAD asked designers to improve upon this bracket. It weighs 2,033 grams (Photo Courtesy of GE and GrabCAD)

M Arie Kurniawan was able to slash the original bracket weight by nearly 84 percent to just 327 grams (0.72 pounds). His design, is inspired by the H-beam profile.   (Photo Courtesy of GE and GrabCAD)

M Arie Kurniawan was able to slash the original bracket weight by nearly 84 percent to just 327 grams (0.72 pounds). His design is inspired by the H-beam profile. (Photo Courtesy of GE and GrabCAD)

GE Executive Director of Global Innovation Steve Liguori said, “At GE, we know innovation can come from anywhere. This challenge tapped into the ingenuity of the GrabCAD Community to unleash new solutions to tomorrow’s challenges using additive manufacturing. By applying GE’s scale and expertise to open innovation, we can continue to grow the ecosystem of designers, engineers, materials scientists, and other partners to redefine the industry and drive real results for our customers.”

GE and GrabCAD, working closely with digital strategy firm Undercurrent launched the Design Quest in June 2013, drawing a record number of entries via GrabCAD’s community of engineers and designers, with nearly 700 entries from 56 countries.

Hardi Meybaum, CEO of GrabCAD said, “Our Community really responded to this real-world engineering challenge from GE. There were an extraordinary number of submissions, from around the world, because engineers want the chance to design something that may make it into production and solve a real problem. GE’s Jet Engine Bracket Design Challenge exceeded expectations and shows its commitment to seeking innovation through open engineering and collaboration. It’s the way of the future, and we love that it’s happening on our platform.”

For more information about GE Open Innovation visit http://www.ge.com/about-us/openinnovation and join our Google+ Hangout: Open Innovation and the Maker Community on Friday, December 13th at 11:30 AM EST.

About GE
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About GrabCAD
GrabCAD is leading the Open Engineering movement, helping engineers get products to market faster by connecting people, content and technology. GrabCAD Workbench makes it easy for engineers to share files, work with partners and complete projects on time, while the GrabCAD Community accelerates the design process by tapping into the knowledge and resources of the largest source of CAD content and engineering minds in the world. Founded in 2010, the company is backed by Matrix Partners and Charles River Ventures and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with development offices in Estonia and the UK. Learn more at http://grabCAD.com/.

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