GE opens first AM center, Pittsburgh

GE, a Digital Industrial Company, has recently celebrated the grand opening of a new manufacturing facility that will drive innovation and implementation of additive manufacturing across the company. The Centre for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA), located near Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, Penn, will be the flagship centre for additive manufacturing, focused on developing and implementing industrial applications from which all GE businesses and its customers can benefit.

The new facility represents a USD 39M investment over three years and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering.

In conjunction with the CATA opening, GE launched “The Future Workforce: Advanced Manufacturing’s Impact on the Economy”, a white paper detailing advanced manufacturing’s positive impact on jobs and in shaping the future of work.

GE marked the occasion with a program attended by GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, GE Chief Productivity Officer Philippe Cochet, representatives from America Makes, government officials and customers.

The new facility reflects GE’s belief that the intersection of technology and manufacturing – marrying hardware with software will change the way we create, iterate and service products. In line with GE’s Brilliant Factory concept, CATA will combine lean manufacturing and optimal productivity with advanced software analytics to improve capabilities and usage of additive manufacturing across GE while advancing materials sciences and inspection technologies.