Science Business reports on a brand-new 3D printing lab opening in Europe. GE Healthcare has opened their brand-new Uppsala, Sweden lab location. This new lab “will use technologies including 3D printing and robotics to speed up the launch of healthcare products.”
This Uppsala, Sweden lab will give GE Healthcare the ability to test and produce 3D printed parts in order for them to be prepared “for final transfer to manufacturing.” These 3D printed healthcare product parts have the added benefit of having the ability to “combine 20 conventional parts into a single component.” As a result of this, performance will be greatly improved.
Cutting down the number of components also has the added benefit of streamlining various processes within the biomanufacturing industry. As the Uppsala lab’s manager of additive engineering Andreas Marcstrom explains, “we are exploring opportunities where additive [manufacturing] can bring cost savings and technical improvements to our supply chain and products. Simply printing a part doesn’t really deliver that much improvement to a product or process. You have to re-think the entire design.” In order to do this, “R&D teams and additive manufacturing engineers have to work together from the start of the development process.”
This lab in Uppsala, Sweden “joins GE Healthcare’s other advanced manufacturing and engineering center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The two will collaborate, sharing knowledge, and working on new design ideas.”
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