Siemens Reports ‘Impressive Results’ from 3D-Printed Gas Turbine Technology

Published by , September 21, 2018 12:21 pm

(PowerMag) Siemens, which installed the world’s first 3D-printer burner for the 32.8-MW SGT-7000 gas turbine at E.ON’s combined cycle power plant in Philippsthal in the German state of Hessen, reported that the burner has been operating for more than 8,000 hours, and that “the results are impressive.”
Siemens began investing in metal 3D printing in 2008 and developed a technology specifically for power generation. In 2012, the company installed the first EOS M280 SLM printer and adapted it for burner repairs. In 2013, the first 3-D-printed burner tips and swirlers were installed in commercial gas turbines, and in 2016, Siemens acquired Materials Solutions in the UK, a leading company in the field of additive manufacturing.

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