Feb. 11 Meeting Looks at Industrial 3-D Printing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Business Incubator will host a meeting Feb. 11 at America Makes that focuses on industrial application for additive manufacturing.

The program, which will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m., will highlight additive manufacturing – also known as 3-D printing — and identify northeastern Ohio manufacturers, especially tool and die makers, whose needs are aligned with the technology.

“The goal of the meeting is to engage with the region’s industrial base to develop a better understanding of both the opportunities and obstacles in the field and to explore potential partnerships,” says Barb Ewing, YBI chief operating officer.

YBI, Youngstown State University and America Makes have collaborated to create a number of programs that support adoption of additive manufacturing technology into existing manufacturing operations. They are partnering to submit a funding proposal on this topic to the Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Manufacturing Program, Ewing notes..

Additive manufacturing has been shown to have immediate applications in tooling, jigs, and fixtures. If properly applied, the technology can provide significant savings and performance improvements for manufacturing processes. It offers advantages when production volumes are low, turnaround time is critical and design iterations are likely, according to Ewing.

For additional information, contact YBI’s additive manufacturing business coordinator, Rich Wetzel, at [email protected] or call 330 746 5003.

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