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GE's 'Superman' Blue Arc Machine Cuts Speedy Metal Blades

The fins of an engine turbine usually take days to finish. GE’s new Blue Arc machining gear does it in hours. How? Instead of just drilling away metal with a harder material, it’s scorched off with an electric blast.

This isn’t exactly gear you’ll find in your basement someday, but seeing the thing whiz to through a delicate manufacturing process with ease is neat. GE has also guaranteed that at least a few people will kind of care about this by ascribing two incredibly awesome nouns – “Superman” and “Blue Arc” – to the equipment. [GE]

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