GE Healthcare Life Sciences has opened a new additive manufacturing center in Umeå, Sweden, which will be used for the serial production of components for biomanufacturing equipment.
The new facility is the second AM facility in Sweden opened by the company—the other, as you might remember, is a 3D printing center based in Uppsala, which was announced in 2017 and opened in 2018. Together, the two facilities will cover the entire additive production workflow, from design and prototyping to serial production.
GE Healthcare Life Sciences’ Uppsala site will continue its focus on product design, prototyping and validation, while the center in Umeå will follow-up on its work with serial production. With $2 million in backing, the new center is expected to increase biopharma manufacturers’ access to state-of-the-art technologies.
The facility is equipped with a 3D printer which will be dedicated to the serial production of polyamide parts, a powder mixing station and post-processing systems. According to GE Healthcare, the new AM center will be turning out parts for bioprocess systems including HiScale Columns, Biacore SPR systems and the new ÄKTA go chromatography system.
“Our latest 3D printing center offers substantial productivity gains and adds more strength to our supply chain,” said Olivier Loeillot, General Manager BioProcess at GE Healthcare Life Sciences. “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.”
GE Healthcare Life Sciences is recognizing the advantages of integrating AM into its R&D and production. Not only is the company benefitting from more design freedom and reduced lead times, the technology is also enabling it to establish a more agile supply chain, as well as to streamline product development and manufacturing, as well as logistics and sourcing.