GE jet engine bracket challenge

And the winners are...

The original bracket GE asked the GrabCAD Community to redesign via 3D Printing methods weighed 2,033 grams (4.48 pounds.) The winner, M Arie Kurniawan, was able to slash its weight by nearly 84% to just 327 grams (0.72 pounds.) His design, was inspired by the H-beam profile and is featured below.

GE Aviation 3D printed (http://www.gereports.com/fit-to-print/) the 10 shortlisted designs at its additive manufacturing plant in Cincinnati, Ohio. GE workers made the brackets from a titanium alloy on a direct metal laser melting (DMLM) machine, which uses a laser beam to fuse layers of metal powder into the final shape.

The team then sent the finished brackets to GE Global Research (GRC) in Niskayuna, New York, for destruction testing. GRC engineers strapped each bracket to an MTS servo-hydraulic testing machine and exposed it to axial loads ranging from 8,000 to 9,500 pounds. Only one of the brackets failed and the rest advanced to a torsional test, where they were exposed to torque of 5,000 inch-pounds.

Pretty awesome work by the GrabCAD Community and thorough testing by the GRC engineers. We will have more information coming and will post all the links here in the Challenge for everyone following. Let's congratulate the winners on passing load conditions in simulation and for those who passed during the real thing. This really exemplifies how GrabCADrs are changing the way engineers work. Keep building better products!

- GE and GrabCAD

1st Place Winner
M Kurniawan GE Jet Engine Bracket Version 1.2 by m.arie.kurniawan-1

M Kurniawan GE Jet Engine Bracket Version 1.2

2nd Place Winner
TJ2 by thomas.johansson-1

TJ2

3rd Place Winner
TEUB Bracket by sebastien.vavassori-2

TEUB Bracket

4th Place Winner
Spacehugger by nic

Spacehugger

5th Place Winner
GE seven by fidel.chirtes-1

GE seven

6th Place Winner
GE Engine bracket 10 by mandli.peter

GE Engine bracket 10

7th Place Winner
generalelectric Bone ultimate by andreas.anedda

generalelectric Bone ultimate

8th Place Winner
Same, same but different :-) by piotr.mikulski

Same, same but different :-)

Phase I Finalist
GE jet engine bracket V2 by alexis-23

GE jet engine bracket V2
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