Build Your Own Jet Engine With This Mesmerizing 3D-Printed Model

Here's the good news: General Electric has created a wonderful 3D model of a jet engine that anyone—even those lacking an aerospace engineering degree—can build themselves, complete with moving parts and a cutaway design so you can see everything in motion.

But here's the bad news: GE isn't actually selling the models. It's only making twelve of them available through a contest on its website to a dozen lucky aviation enthusiasts in the US. That being said, the models are apparently being produced using a 3D printer, so hopefully GE will will be generous enough to eventually make those plans available for anyone to print at home. Pleeeeease? [Arts and Aircraft via GE Tumblr]

*Update: It looks General Electric is letting anyone with access to a 3D printer make their own. Links to the instructions and requisite 3D models can be found here, including templates for printing your own cardboard box as well.