How the CMC process works
GE Aviation releases video walking through their complete process chain for ceramic matrix composites.
CW has toured GE Aviation’s ceramic matrix composite (CMC) parts plant in Asheville, NC and also blogged about CMC future developments. Now GE has released a video walking through the complete process chain, including a few facts not included in our coverage.
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