July 6, 2016. Greenville, South Carolina.
In the Advanced Manufacturing Works building, the flex tips of fuel nozzles await final machining. The tips are manufactured using additive manufacturing techniques, or 3D printing, allowing a very fast turn around and high standards for part tolerance.
At the General Electric Gas Turbine factory, engineers design, produce, test and repair gas turbines for generating electricity. These turbines weigh more than 900,000 pounds and can create internal combustion temperatures up to 2,900 degrees F. Depending on the model, one of the GE turbines can produce enough electricity for half a million American households.