Additive manufacturing history is in the making today with the first flight of the Boeing 777x. That’s because each of the two GE9X engines powering the aircraft has almost 300 additive manufactured components. These parts were produced by GE teams at Avio Aero in Cameri, Italy and GE’s Additive Technology Center in West Chester, Ohio.
This tremendous achievement for Boeing and GE – which can be tracked live on the dedicated website – marks a very important advancement for flying parts made by additive manufacturing in aviation.
Based on the top-selling Boeing 777, which first went into service in 1994, and with advanced technologies from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the 777X will be the largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet in the world. Featuring new breakthroughs in aerodynamics along with its engines, the 777X will deliver 10 percent lower fuel use and emissions and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition.
A true family, the 777X offers low-risk, profitable growth, industry-leading reliability and seamless integration with the 777 and 787 Dreamliner families for even more flexibility. But performance is just part of the story. With a spacious, wide cabin, new custom architecture and innovations from the 787 Dreamliner, the 777X will deliver the flight experience of the future.
The GE9x is the sole-source engine for the Boeing 777X family. It is the world’s largest and most powerful commercial aircraft engine and incorporates GE’s most advanced technologies, developed over the last decade, to make it the most fuel-efficient engine in its class.