Sourced from Stryker press release
GE Additive has announced that it will partner with Stryker, one of the world’s largest medical technology companies, to support its continued investment in additive manufacturing. The agreement covers new additive machines, materials and services for Stryker’s global supply chain operations.
“GE and Stryker share a similar vision and both of us understand the transformative power of additive design and manufacturing,” said Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, Mohammad Ehteshami. “We regard Stryker as one of the most experienced practitioners of metal additive, with a range of commercialised medical products. We will continue to innovate with new additive products, materials, and technologies, which will support their growth.”
Stryker first began investing in additive manufacturing in 2001. Since then they have worked with with leading universities in Ireland and the UK to introduce 3D printing for the healthcare industry. Earlier this year the company opened an additive technology center in Carrigtwohill, County Cork, Ireland. Stryker says they want to use additive manufacturing to create previously unmanufacturable items – particularly out of titanium.
“Working with GE Additive and leveraging their expertise is a very compelling proposition for Stryker,” said John Haller, Vice President of Global Supply at Stryker. “We believe this collaboration will accelerate our additive manufacturing journey and support our mission to make healthcare better.”
Over the last 10 years, GE has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies, has developed additive applications across 6 GE business, and has earned 346 patents in powder metals used in the additive process. In 2016, the company established GE Additive to become a leading supplier of additive technology, materials and services for industries and businesses worldwide.