GE and Concept Laser broke ground on a new facility in Lichtenfels, Germany, that will unite additive-manufacturing (AM) research and development along with production, service and logistics. The 3D Campus, which should be ready by early 2019 and provide room for about 500 employees, will create a center for 3D metal printing. The facility will quadruple machine production capacity, making the site a global GE center for the production of 3D metal printing machines.

The 3D Campus will accommodate the Concept Laser’s growth in recent years and make room for further expansions. Concept Laser GmbH, which was founded in 2000, is a leading provider of machine and plant technology for the 3D printing of metal components. Since December 2016, the company has been part of GE Additive, a division of General Electric.