GE Healthcare invests 2$million dollars in a new 3D Printing centre in Northern Europe

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The GE Healthcare Life Sciences (Manufacturer and distributor) has introduced a new 3D Printing centre in the city of Umea to accelerate biopharma manufacturers’ access to the more innovative technology. The centre was a 2$Million USD investment.

The company will aim to integrate 3D printed parts into the production of biomanufacturing equipment. The company’s first Additive Manufacturing centre was opened in 2018 in Uppsala, Sweden, and together the two units support the entire additive journey from design and 3D prototyping to serial production.

This allows engineers to design increasingly complex parts and manufacture them with sub-millimetric precision at significantly reduced lead times.  Once product design and validation are completed in Uppsala, the serial production of components begins in Umea.

The city of Umea, Sweden.

Our latest 3D printing centre offers substantial productivity gains and adds more strength to our supply chain. The components manufactured with additive technology are smaller and more durable. For our customers, this means better quality, less waste, and simplified designs. Our two additive manufacturing capabilities are strategically located in Sweden, where we produce chromatography resins and bioprocess equipment, to speed the supply of bioprocess technologies to market.

-Olivier Loeillot, general manager bioprocess at GE Healthcare

The 3D printing incorporation in research, development and production increase the agility of the supply chain, streamlining development and manufacturing processes, as well as simplifying logistics and sourcing.

The additive manufacturing facility is initially equipped with a 3D printer for serial production of polyamide parts, a powder mixing station, and advanced post-processing equipment. The Ge Healthcare Life Sciences supports the manufacture of components used in bioprocess equipment including HiScale columns, Biacore SPR systems, and the recently launched AKTA go chromatography system.

The 3D printing industry is expected to have a significant impact in the life sciences in the coming years by accelerating the progress in bioprocessing and drug discovery.

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Medical Plastics News, New additive manufacturing centre opens in Sweden published on Jan23 2020, re-edited and published by João Andrade on Jan25 2020;

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