General Electric (IW500/6) opened a new operation near Pittsburgh it said will be its “flagship center for additive manufacturing,” a place where it will it will develop and implement industrial products and technologies for all the various GE businesses.

GE has been a pioneer in the application of additive manufacturing, in particular within the GE Aviation business, which has adopted additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) to produce fuel nozzles and other engine parts.

The Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) in Findlay Township, Penn., is a $39-million project that GE said would employ 50 engineers ranging in their disciplines from mechanical and electrical design to systems and software engineering.

According to GE, it is its first multi-modal site in the U.S., designed as “an innovation hub” where both designs and applications will be developed.

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