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Drone producer GA-ASI chooses GE Additive AddWorks to drive metal AM

The drone manufacturer aims to strengthen the role of metal 3D printing in its production

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GE Additive has been selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars and electro-optic mission systems, to provide its AddWorks consultancy services. The collaboration, born out of a recent competitive tender, will see the AddWorks team working closely with GA-ASI to drive the qualification and implementation of metal AM within the latter’s manufacturing and workflow.

GE Additive’s AddWorks team is made up of over 200 engineering and manufacturing specialists, whose expertise assists businesses in the adoption and implementation of additive manufacturing. AddWorks offers guidance in the areas of industrialization, part certification processes, material characterization and production readiness strategies.

For GA-ASI, GE’s AddWorks group will enable it to accelerate and strengthen the use of metal AM within its own production. The company’s ultimate goal, of course, is to truly maximize the benefits of metal 3D printing across its business.

GA-ASI AddWorks
(Photo: GA-ASI)

“This is a great fit for us, because GE has already been through a similar journey,” commented Jason Oliver, President and CEO of GE Additive. “We get where GA-ASI is at and where it wants to go. By offering our learnings and in-depth knowledge of the aerospace and defense industry, we will be able to assist them in leveraging metal additive with our methodical, systematic approach, that meets the exacting requirements of the sector and their aggressive goal to grow the impact of additive within their application space.”

“Some of our AddWorks consultants are responsible for designing and then industrializing many of the additively manufactured aerospace parts that are in service today,” he continued. “So, they are very well-placed to accompany GA-ASI in accelerating their additive journey. We’re honored to secure this engagement and look forward to helping them drive successful outcomes and their competitive advantage.”

A range of companies across various industries have utilized GE Additive’s AddWorks consultancy services, including aerospace company Triumph Group, Honda Aircraft Engine R&D, energy company Eaton, Callaway Golf Company and more.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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