GE brings advanced 3-D printing tech to India, sets up plant in Pune

Written by Geeta Nair | Pune | Updated: May 8 2014, 03:15am hrs
In a first for manufacturing in India, engine, turbines and jets fitted with 3-D printed parts will come out of the new advanced manufacturing plant of GE India at Chakan, Pune. GE is globally investing resources and people in 3-D printing and this is expected to play a big role in manufacturing at GE in future. 3-D printing is used in creating parts, components, models and prototypes.

The company has installed the first 3-D printing machine at the Chakan plant, Thomas Mitchell, GM, supply chain, distributed power, GE Power & Water, said. The plant will be opened formally later this year. 3-D printing or additive manufacturing is used to print three-dimensional solid objects from a digital mode.

We will start with plastics (printing plastic parts) and then get into metal parts/ components, said Thomas Mitchell .

GE is investing $200 million in the manufacturing facility. This will be the first multi-modal industry manufacturing facility catering to the needs of its diverse business from power to aviation to transportation to healthcare from the same manufacturing facility.