GE Opens Additive Manufacturing Center in Pittsburgh

The center will focus on industrial additive manufacturing applications across GE companies.

GE’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA), located near Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, Pennsylvania, will be the company’s flagship center for additive manufacturing with a focus on developing and implementing industrial applications from which all GE businesses and customers can benefit.

According to the company, the new facility represents a $39 million investment over three years and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering. The center is GE’s first multi-modal site in the United States designed as an innovation hub offering training and development in both design and applications.

In conjunction with the CATA opening, GE released “The Future Workforce: Advanced Manufacturing’s Impact on the Economy,” a white paper detailing advanced manufacturing’s positive impact on jobs and in shaping the future of work. CATA’s job creation serves as a proof point for many of the paper’s findings, as advanced manufacturing accounts for 13 percent of all jobs in the United States and contributes $3.1 trillion to the economy, GE says. In addition, for every advanced manufacturing job created, 3.5 jobs are supported through the supply chain, and the average salary for a technologist in the industry is $95,000.  

“The application of insights from digital connectivity in collaboration with intelligent devices will elevate the skills of our workforce, streamline productivity and enhance product development overall. This represents a new era of manufacturing,” said GE chief productivity officer Philippe Cochet of the center’s opening.

The new facility reflects GE’s belief that the intersection of technology and manufacturing—marrying hardware with software—will change the way products are created, iterated and serviced. In line with GE’s Brilliant Factory concept, CATA will combine lean manufacturing and optimal productivity with advanced software analytics to improve capabilities and usage of additive manufacturing across GE while advancing materials sciences and inspection technologies.

Click here for more detail on the new facility (and photos) from GE Reports. 

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