Concept Laser—a GE Additive company and manufacturer of powder bed laser melting machines for metal components—initiated construction of its 3D Campus in Lichtenfels, Germany, at a groundbreaking ceremony on November 30, 2017.
The 3D Campus is expected to cost in the region of 105 million EUR (125 mn USD) and provide approximately 40,000 m2of space for 500 employees.
The objective is to bring together research and development, alongside production, service and logistics. The facility is to accommodate Concept Laser’s strong growth in recent years as well as that anticipated in the years to come. In particular, it is to afford four times the company’s current production capacity, thus earning it the title of ‘a global GE center for the manufacture of metal 3D printing machines’.
The new location is an industrial park in Seubelsdorf that is said to afford ‘good connections’. Concept Laser has outgrown its current facility in Schney, also in Lichtenfels, and it cannot be expanded.
The 3D Campus requires 3,800 truckloads of cement as well as 3,600 tons of steel, equal to the weight of 6.5 fully loaded A380 Airbus aircraft. The posts total a length of 5.9 kilometers.
The company intends to start moving into the new facility at the beginning of 2019 and have all of its staff based there by mid-2019.
Ilse Aigner, Bavarian minister of economic affairs and media, energy and technology, attended the ceremony. ‘The investment made by GE and Concept Laser is a clear statement of confidence in the location,’ she said. ‘It secures jobs and provides a vital boost to growth in the region. The 3D Campus will create a center for 3D metal printing that offers real added value for the whole of Bavaria. ‘
Frank Herzog, founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Concept Laser, further commented: I am pleased to take the next step in our growth strategy with today’s groundbreaking. We are not only laying the foundation for a new facility, but also creating skilled jobs in the region. Lichtenfels will become a global beacon for industrial 3D printing as the new GE center […] I would like to thank everyone involved for making this advancement possible.’