Additive Manufacturing

Youngstown has built a hub for additive manufacturing and it’s paying off in a big way. The NFL is bringing its challenge to create a safer helmet to the city in November.

Erin O’Donnell, Director of Partnerships and Community Relations for America Makes says the three day symposium could be a big step in trying to prevent concussions for players.

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Additive Manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, is one of the fastest growing technology sectors.

It’s a printing process where plastic or metal parts are built-up layer by layer.

In this week’s Exploradio, we look at where the industry is headed and how Northeast Ohio is building itself into the nation’s additive leader.

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An Akron company is bringing 3-D printing to Northeast Ohio on a scale it says is the largest in the world.

By late January, Additive Engineering Solutions should be up-and-running with its large-scale 3-D printer, from Ohio-based Cincinnati, Inc. It's about the size of a single-car garage. In fact, this model printer was used to produce a working automobile at a manufacturing trade show in 2014.

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A new report details how Northeast Ohio could become a hub for additive manufacturing – technology better known as 3-D printing.

One of the first steps is teaching workers and business owners just what additive manufacturing can do.

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Four northeast Ohio economic development groups are working together on an additive manufacturing “map” for the region. 

Barb Ewing of the Youngstown Business Incubator sees northeast Ohio as a world leader in Additive manufacturing—utilizing fast-evolving technologies like 3-D printing, adaptive coatings nd super-precision tool making.