For the first time in India, manufacturing of engines, turbines and jets fitted with 3-D printed parts will be done in Chakan. "The company has installed the first 3-D printing machine at the Chakan plant," said Thomas Mitchell, the General Manager, supply chain, distributed power, GE Water & Power. The plant will have its formal opening later this year. "We will start with plastics(printing plastic parts) and then get into metal parts/components," he added.
3-D printing is used in creating parts, components, models and prototypes. It is also used to print three-dimensional solid objects from a digital mode. 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.