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Walking In Edison's Shoes

By TJ McCueFriday, August 1, 2014
3D Printing, Manufacturing

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Today we walked in Edison’s shoes, so to speak. We went to the GE Global Research Center in Schenectady, New York for a short visit to their 3D printing lab. As co-founder of GE, Edison's legacy and ideas permeate the atmosphere. 

The atmosphere and conversation was what I like to call a wonderful jam session. You know how musicians will sometimes talk about how they gathered together, informally, impromptu-like, and well, just had a great time trying out old ideas and new ideas in their music. That’s what today was like at GE. We spent time with the guys on the front lines who are pushing the limits of what you can do with metal, ceramic, and polymers in 3D printing.

We hung out over lunch with Prabhjot Singh, Manager, Additive Manufacturing Lab, one of the thought leaders in 3D printing and earlier with John and Tom from his team, in their lab – these two were super-passionate and shared a ton about all that 3D printing has to offer. As Prabhjot pointed out, when they can’t find something that suits their needs for a particular 3D machine, they invent it, following in Edison’s footsteps.

As you can see in the photo, Edison himself said: “I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it.”

Here is a little Cobalt Chrome sample that they gave us as a little gift. I tried to capture the delicate but strong structure of the object. This came from cobalt powder that was then laser melted. It is more technical than that, but that’s a simple way to look at it. My photography skills and camera do not do it justice. 

Earlier in the day, we met with Todd Alhart in media relations, and Shelby, who gave us a quick history lesson and explained the heritage of how they set out to solve big problems that matter, to them and to the world. GE Global Research sits on 550 acres of land, but that pales in comparison to the acres of talent and passion that dwell on that land.

//Please note: The map shows this event occurred in CT, but it was in New York State.

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