GE Healthcare has opened its first 3D printing lab, called the Innovative Design and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center for Europe, in Uppsala, Sweden. The center will use technologies including 3D printing and robotics to speed up the launch of new innovative products for the healthcare industry.
The center combines advanced manufacturing technology such as metal and polymer printers and collaborative robots, or “cobots”, with traditional machining equipment. The new center in Uppsala will ensure additive expertise is available from the start of product design.
The GE Healthcare Advanced Manufacturing Engineering team have also developed and programmed multiple cobots which are now installed across GE Healthcare factories globally and are improving efficiency in production lines.
GE Healthcare is one of six GE businesses today using additive applications. GE seeks to grow its new additive business to $1 billion by 2020.