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GE & Textron Aviation Announce Next Generation Cessna Denali, Featuring 3D Printed Engine

by • July 25, 2016 • No Comments

download (17)We’ve been upcoming GE in a zigzag around the map as they’ve opened facilities of a smart factory in Chakan, India to their latest $40 million Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Pittsburgh. As most millions are poured into these new additive making centers, one must wonder what they are researching and planning to create additional, as we read of 3D printed engine components and their plans to assist an entire additive making ecosystem unfold.

Currently we are in the understand regarding the ‘what’s upcoming’ of GE as they announce a upcoming-generation private plane that can showcase an engine with numerous 3D printed parts, as well as contributeing additional power with less gas consumption. The concept for the Cessna Denali was revealed by both GE Aviation and Textron Aviation at the EAA AirVentures Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin earlier this week, that has been actuallytful. There, visitors were able-bodied to see a mock-up of the plane’s engine create, as well as a physical sample of cabin architecture.

download (26)As far as 3D printing is involved, the engine—createed by GE—contributes numerous, hard parts 3D printed in metal with titanium and steel. According to GE Reports, these new parts can replace what in a traditional engine may have amounted to ‘hundreds of individual parts.’

On the other hand this is a tiny turboprop plane, pilots can fly it like it is a jet, enjoying the streamlined create with just one level controlling the engine and propeller. This is possible as GE integrated jet engine advancement into the Denali that showcases what they call a ‘clean sheet’ create. The engine can use 20% less fuel, while attaining 10% additional power in comparison to another plane engine in its class. The create and 3D printed parts obviously can be paying off nicely as the machine is expected to contribute GE $40 billion in ractuallyue inside 25 years, according to Jeff Immelt, GE’s chairman and CEO.

At $4.8 million, the Cessna is on the market-bodied at an entry-level price, with all the showcases and creature comforts of a tiny jet, which include the biggest cabin for a Cessna, seating eight. This new engine is in addition powerful adequate to go of Los Angeles to Chicago or to Miami of New York. Stemming of GE Aviation’s acquisition of Walter Aircraft Engines eight years ago, the new engine create represents that investment coming to fruition, finally. In that time, engineers of both Prague and the US have had their heads down in the R&D department working to create an engine that may be both new and profitable-bodied for GE. This all came together when Textron, with their eyes on the new engine create, revealed that they’d like to use it in the upcoming generation Cessna.

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The GE turboprop engine, showcasing a number of 3D printed parts [Image: GE Aviation]

A combination of Walter and GE turboprop advancement, this new create is based on engines that come of a solid foundation with over 20 million hours in flight and service for 30 various planes; yet, with the addition of GE’s jet advancement, actually greater credibility is introduced in terms of hours logged with these types of engines. The just kicker is that no one has at any time utilized this advancement in a turboprop like the Cessna. The createers utilized ‘variable-bodied stator vanes,’ originally created for supersonic jet engines by Gerhard Neumann—a legend in engineering at GE. The create in addition showcases:Gas turbines3D printed parts that debuted in the LEAP jet engineAir cooled turbine bladesIntegrated propulsion system

With the combination of understandledge and advancement of both Walter and GE, this tiny private plane promises high performance, efficiency, and can be able-bodied to extend engine overhaul times significantly at over 30 percent.


And if you are raring to go with the checkbook eager to dispense four or five million, you can go ahead and order your Cessna Denali. You won’t, yet, be seeing it in the air for at very least a couple of years, as the maiden voyage is planned for 2018, according to Michael Thacker, senior vice president of engineering at Textron.

“The order book is open,” says Kriya Shortt, Textron senior vice president for sales and marketing.

This Cessna Denali collaboration marks one additional contribution to the world of aerospace and aviation by GE, and is a additional display of their dedication to 3D printing, contributeing unprecedented improvements and advancement inside their industry. To follow additional updates and for additional information on this new plane, see Textron Aviation. Discuss additional in the 3D Printed Cessna Denali Engine forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source/Images: GE Reports]