GE said Wednesday that GE Additive will work with GE Capital to both sell and finance metal additive machines. The news is but another sign of just how important officials at the multinational industrial company view 3D printing’s potential to transform medical device manufacturing and a host of other industries.
The financing partnership is but the latest major play that GE has been making in the 3D printing space. In recent months, the company spent hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire about three-fourths of the shares of two European makers of metal-based 3D printing equipment: Arcam (Mölndal, Sweden) and Concept Laser (Lichtenfels, Germany). Both Arcam and Concept Laser are active sellers in the medical device manufacturing space.