GE Aviation additive leader named a world-shaping innovator

Greg Morris, general manager of additive technologies for jet engine maker GE Aviation, was recognized in the December print article as a manufacturing industry innovator.

Morris co-founded Morris Technologies in Greater Cincinnati to build prototypes, molds and test products using a 3-D manufacturing process also known as 3-D or additive manufacturing. The company became well known for its work with metal materials and when GE Aviation in 2012 acquired Morris Technologies, Greg Morris and team are being credited with helping to commercialize the technology for use in manufacturing end parts.

This year GE and joint venture CFM International launch the new jet engine LEAP, the first commercial jet engine to contain an additively manufactured part (fuel nozzles) in a critical area as well as materials made from ceramic matrix composites, according to the company.

3-D manufacturing creates a solid object from a digital file with a computer file specifying the design and dimensions of a good. A machine is programmed to “print” layer upon layer of material until it grows the object from the bottom up. The “ink” in this kind of printer is a metal powder or plastic that is fused by laser and electron beams.

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