July 24, 2014 AT 11:00 am

3D Print a Jet Engine from GE #3DPrinting


Build your own jet engine right at home. This model engine, rendered by designer Patrick Saville, will take roughly 12 hours to print. Download the files and visit http://imgur.com/a/Z3qJX for a complete how-to guide, as well as the template to build the box! Happy jet-setting!

Got a 3D printer? Looking for a cool educational demo print? Like jet engines? GE shared a neat project that features a 3D printed mechanical jet engine, built from a dozen parts that are glued together. Turning a handle rotates a series of fans and compressors. Although it’s hand cranked, we think it’d be fancy to add a DC motor!

You can download the design files for this jet engine on Thingiverse or Cults 3D. The design comes in 13 separate 3D printable pieces, which must then all be assembled. The detailed assembly instructions can be on IMGUR.


See full instructions and GIFs.

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