GE Additive and Indiana’s development agency will research the use of metal binder jet 3D printing.
GE Additive and Indiana’s development agency will research the use of metal binder jet 3D printing.

GE Additive has formed a public-private partnership with a US state development agency to research the use of metal binder jet 3D printing.

Plans are for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to focus on long-term growth in the state’s manufacturing sector. Indiana is the location for 8,500 manufacturing facilities, more than 500 automotive suppliers and five original equipment manufacturer (OEM) companies, producing more than 1.3 million cars and light trucks annually.

Its board of directors recently approved US$3 million to build a new center to research 3D printing and train employees.

‘Through the R&D partnership with IEDC we will create a test bed to work with partners, customers, startups, and SMEs in Indiana and further afield to develop additive-centric innovation and real-world solutions,’ said GE Additive innovation leader Josh Mook. ‘We will use this partnership with the IEDC to build a broad, flexible, factory ecosystem to cover powder to part, including the recycling chain.’

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