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GE unveils new prototyping center to cut development time

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Mayor Greg Fischer Mayor Greg Fischer
Innovators at General Electric's Louisville-based Appliance Park unveiled a new facility Thursday. Innovators at General Electric's Louisville-based Appliance Park unveiled a new facility Thursday.
Scott Welham Scott Welham

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Innovators at General Electric's Louisville-based Appliance Park unveiled a new facility Thursday capable of reducing new product development time by 80 percent.

Innovators at G.E. unveiled the company's new Rapid Prototyping Center with a tour. Members of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) took part in the inaugural tour.

"Today was a big milestone with the Bluegrass Economic Development Movement," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "The Louisville-Lexington partnership focusing on advanced manufacturing came up with multiple initiatives primarily focusing on work force development. We've got a great advantage in the world right now with our workforce here."

During the tour, G.E. leaders briefed BEAM members on more than a half dozen new prototyping machines designed to cut costs while streamlining new product development.

"It optimizes are ability to make parts much, much faster," said Scott Welham, G.E. Advanced Development general manager. "With the rapid prototyping we can actually cut {the turn time} by almost 80 percent."

Mayor Fischer expressed excitement that the ability to innovate at a faster pace could likely lead to an acceleration in job creation.

"The more they innovate, the more job growth we have here in our community," said Mayor Fischer.

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