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THE 3-D PRINTING MEME CONTINUES: YOU MAY SOON FLY IN AN AIRPLANE MADE ...

I've been arguing in some blogs on this site that 3-d printing is the latest meme being pushed by the financial and corporate elite, and that it may be working hand in hand with a scenario to retrench manufacturing into the North American continent. After all, the method of manufacture has the potential to greatly simplify manufacturing costs (as we shall discover in a moment), and it may also therefore function not only as a means of increasing production capacity but of dispersing it to some extent. I've further argued here, and in a couple of books, that this "retrenchment" scenario may also be due in part to the perception of the western elite that its post-Soviet collapse to rush into a unipolar "New World Order" has stalled for the moment, and that, while every means and method should be pursed to that end, for the moment, it's necessary to beef up the home base of its power - North America - and that means its manufacturing base, and energy production base, have to be expanded. I've also argued that there may be other hidden pressures driving this retrenchment besides the geopolitical ones. We can call these "cosmopolitical" pressures.

In support of this scenario, consider only that the USA, due to the recent relaxations of regulations on fracking and other technologies, and the rapid development of the oil resources of western North Dakota, eastern Montana, extreme northwestern South Dakota, and the Midland-Odessa, Texas region, the USA is now on energy net zero: it produces as much energy at home as it imports from the Middle East, and this trend will only increase, and North American dependency on foreign imports will decline.

In short, what we are witnessing is nothing short of a major strategic realignment: as the Vatican pivots East and south, North America and the USA retrenches, and pivots to the Pacific.

On the manufacturing side of this equation, we have the 3-D printing meme. I have also pointed out on this website that NASA has begun experiments testing the viability of the manufacturing method to produce rocket engines, and indeed, has already done so. But now there is a significant indicator that the method is going to take another leap forward, and will soon affect production methods in the crucial, and strategically vital, airplane production industry:

GE Turns to 3D Printers for Plane Parts

Notice the significant thing that is being done here:

"General Electric (GE), on the hunt for ways to build more than 85,000 fuel nozzles for its new Leap jet engines, is making a big investment in 3D printing. Usually the nozzles are assembled from 20 different parts. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing can create the units in one metal piece, through a successive layering of materials. The process is more efficient and can be used to create designs that can’t be made using traditional techniques, GE says. The finished product is stronger and lighter than those made on the assembly line and can withstand the extreme temperatures (up to 2,400F) inside an engine. There’s just one problem: Today’s industrial 3D printers don’t have enough capacity to handle GE’s production needs, which require faster, higher-quality output at a lower cost.

“'With today’s technology, it would take too many machines,' as many as 60 to 70, to efficiently make the nozzles, says Greg Morris, business development leader for additive manufacturing at GE Aviation. Morris joined the aerospace company last year, as part of GE’s acquisition of his 3D company, Morris Technologies. 'We can start ramping up with the current generation of technology, but within two to three years we’re going to have to be onto the next generation to meet our cost targets,' he says. So GE is waiting for development of new printers with three to four times the capacity."

I've been arguing that 3D printing is possibly a technology coming from the black world, and that what exists in that world may greatly exceed the capacity of the printers publicly available. If the pattern of other technologies - image processing for example - holds true, then this is almost a certainty.  Which brings us to the second paragraph of this article, and what may really be going on, for it is possible that what is being done is to expand the capability that probably already covertly exists, in such a way that it is both commercially viable and also not disclosing of any techniques or technologies reserved to the black world.

And who better to do that than a major defense contractor than GE?

And it also means something else: expect this development to occur rather rapidly, perhaps within as little as five years and probably no longer than ten(if that!).  We get some measure that there is a covert agenda afoot here by a second statement in the article:

"As part of a $3.5 billion investment in its aerospace supply chain, GE says it will spend tens of millions of dollars to invest in new technology and, over the next five years, triple the size of its 70-person 3D-printing staff and expand its factory floor fourfold. (The 85,000 nozzles are for engine orders that will enter full production in late 2015.)"

That's just GE folks. Now, toss in Northrup-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, British Aerospace, Dassault, Messerschmitt-Belkow-Blohm, and Mitsubishi, and you have a new arms-production-technology race on your hands, and my wager is, the covert funding behind GE, Lockheed, and so on, already vastly exceeds their European and Japanese competitors.

See you on the flip side.

21 thoughts on “ THE 3-D PRINTING MEME CONTINUES: YOU MAY SOON FLY IN AN AIRPLANE MADE ...”

  1. I’m just wondering – how is the 3-d printing stuff going to impact everyday ordinary things like for instance, Police ID’ badges, paper currency etc??

    Surely the potential for fraud must be massive if criminal elements got their hands on sophisticated versions of this technology – and they would!!

    1. Very good, undetectable, paper currency can be made by a skilled printer with access to the right material.

      The problem comes when you try to get rid of the millions that you’ve made on your press. And that’s the point that law enforcement knows to look at.

      For the foreseeable future, 3D printing is limited to things that can be glued or melted together, fibers remain really difficult, and even if possible the regularity of computer systems would show up.

      Badges are going to start having data to back up the metal, you know like the bar code on your drivers license.

  2. Still up to their old tricks of dealing out the crumbs to us lesser breeds. I wonder how the labor dispute at Boeing plays into the 3-D meme. Why with the destruction of the book selling and video renting stores Borders and Blockbusters for us proles who can’t afford to pay for premium cable channels and cutting off our ability to inform ourselves they have need for us.

    1. Blockbuster became a joke.

      You have the internet, therefore you can get DVDs from Netflix.

      Amazon sells plenty of books, and there are still standalone bookstores. Though I’m offended by Amazon’s Kindle only book editions. At least Barnes and Noble doesn’t limit the file type for their readers.

  3. Robert Barricklow

    Civilizations are like pyramid schemes; only viable when they are growing. They rarely hit a “developmental ceiling” and then stagnate; they either break through, or collapse.
    Civilizations are trapped in a vicious curcle. They must keep solving the problems of complexity, for that is the price of civilized existence, but every solution creates new, ever more demanding solutions. Thus, complexity breeds more of the same, and each increase in complexity makes it harder to cope, while at the same time esculating the penalty for failure. In effect, civilizations inact a tragedy, in which their raisson d’etre-the use of energy to foster the complexity, that raises them above(?) the hunter-gatherer-becomes the agent of their distruction.

    The death of a great civilization is almost aleays a suicide.

    1. The problem is giving technology to those that “couldnt” invent it. With great power comes great responsibility. .
      ….there is a island that was inhabited by some European settler. They brought with them elk, for food. When they abandoned the island they set free the few elks. A decade of so after, other scientist returned and were amazed to find herds of healthy elk that were feeding off of the lichen. But….with no natural predators in a few more decades they ate all the lichen, and all the elk died off from starvation and disease..

      the Elk never left any record of why they went extinct, the scientists did though….there are a lot of elk trying to channel information from the ancient elk having dismissed the scientists claims and calling them outright liars. and would you expect anything different from an elk?

      1. check out the “goal population reduction” card.

        Once enough programmed “smart” people are on board,……ice berg…straight ahead….and see how far paper with lead scribblings gets you too a life boat.

        1. Robert Barricklow

          That’s one card they printed before the game.
          In fact, I wonder when & where this “card” originated? It’s played all the time. Genocide, being just one of the side menues, on that “reduction” card.

  4. Nozzles – jet engines, eh what happened to flying saucers?
    In other words, the secret space program will be “black” way into the future, that’s if they can keep it a secret for long enough.

    Mining in outer space requires a new form of transport, so if they are going into space with pitch forks and shovels, they need a “sports model”, so all this malarkey about jet engines is a joke.

  5. I am the product of 3d printing, we all are….star dust.

    Some of us are from different stars, more evolved….M DNA

    1. Likely that star dust thing is an invented explanation set up to sell a very limited view of matter and reality to you amongst others. So not real evolved.

      1. The bible, which is a fantastic scientific book, that can be understood by scientists says otherwise. It is most excellent to be able too know and not have to believe.

        1. No, the bible is not a fantastic science book.

          Even if it records some occulted knowledge, so too the Vedas, the Odyssey, Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, etc, up to modern poets of the last 50 years.

          Also the bible has been highly edited (er translated) over the last 2000 years.

          You seem to have missed my point, the idea that we’re made of star dust is an invention which limits our understanding of reality. So no surprising that assertion is included in some version of the bible.

          1. it is a book that my ancestors have used for 600 years to get where we are….and now….with the right frequency there decendents can …fiiinally understand it.

            click..beep..click click..beep beep beep, click click click…beep beep.

          2. j–

            600 years aint a long time in human history, and then oh you’re just one of those who’s sure there’ll be a 2nd coming.

            Not clear if there were a 2nd coming that you’d enjoy it either by the way, simply because those powers don’t operate on your schedule.

  6. Re: 3D printed aircraft parts
    “toss in Northrup-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, British Aerospace, Dassault, Messerschmitt-Belkow-Blohm, and Mitsubishi, and you have a new arms-production-technology race”

    The list is missing Boeing, but then maybe that’s not a miss, but a forecast.

    The machinists’ union is on another rip, not realizing that Boeing does not need to manufacture in Seattle, it has other plants, and a new Seattle city council member, elected on the Socialist ticket, has suggested nationalizing Boeing and re-tooling to manufacture electric buses.

    Perhaps Boeing, lighter and more limber without its machinists, will lead the pack by re-tooling many of its assemblies into 3d printed components.

  7. But Morris Technologies, the company GE bought, uses EOS machines for printing (laser sintering in a box filled with argon) metal parts. And EOS is a German company.

    Then the parts produced by EOS machines are not particularly smooth out of the machine, so either need more work, or can only be used out of the of the argon filled box if smoothness isn’t particularly important.

    In short, GE isn’t really pushing any boundaries here, and is still using German gear for manufacturing purposes. And of course GE wants to make complex jet engine parts less expensive to manufacture–that’s just keeping on top of new manufacturing tech.

    Now a 3D printer that could manipulate single atoms, and of different elements, all very very quickly that would be something.

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