Ceramic composites, 3D printing make for fuel-saving jet engines

05/14/2013 | MIT Technology Review online

Pioneering uses of ceramic-composite materials and 3D-printed parts will help CFM's new generation of LEAP jet engines achieve fuel savings of 15%. And still more advances may be in store, with the possibility of using these technologies for a higher percentage of engine parts in the future, said Gareth Richards, LEAP program manager for GE Aviation, which partners with France's Snecma in CFM.

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