Print A Lighter Aircraft Bracket, Win $8,000 Via GE Jet Engine Bracket Challenge

An aircraft engine’s brackets need to be strong and firm, but due to the heavy metal materials commonly used to make these parts, they are a bit on the bulky side. GE is looking for 3D printing wizards to solve this problem, while offering big bucks for big ideas.

GE is looking for airplane engine bracket designs that are easily able to support the weight of the aircraft’s engine without breaking or warping, while reducing the overall weight of the engine. There is a detailed list that includes the material to use, minimal thickness of the part, load conditions and other technical considerations that you can see here.

The contest is divided into two phases, with ten awesome 3D designer finalists winning $1,000 each in Phase 1 (Picked for being the ten most promising jet engine bracket designs), and eight of the winners from Phase 1 will win bigger cash prizes in Phase 2, with the largest cash prizes going to the designers with the lightest and strongest brackets, respectively. The first prize Phase 2 winner earns $7,000 for a total of $8,000, with $5,000 for second place, $3,000 for third and an additional $1,000 for the fourth through eighth place designers.

If you’re interested in designing the next generation of airplane parts, you’d better start working on your designs, as the GE Jet Engine Bracket Challenge opened on June 11th and closes on July 26th. It’s accessible to designers 18 years and older who upload their design via STEP or IGES file to the contest’s website.

Click here to learn more about the contest and to get your 3D printed bracket into the running. Good luck!

Sources: GE Jet Engine Bracket Challenge, GE Open Innovation,