Additive manufacturing and 3D printing represent the future of manufacturing in America. As research in this field continues to grow in importance, Northeast Ohio is playing a leading role in its evolution thanks in large part to America Makes – the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing (3DP), which is based in Youngstown, Ohio.
America Makes serves as the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. The ultimate goal of America Makes is to help the U.S. manufacturing sector grow capabilities and strength in this emerging field. Established in 2012, America Makes is the flagship Institute for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).
Housed within a former furniture factory in downtown Youngstown, most would be surprised by the innovative technologies being developed within America Makes’ walls. By working to understand common challenges among manufacturers, America Makes is helping to find innovative solutions to help manufacturing companies grow while “proving that you can manufacture almost anything with a computer controlled laser process” (WKYC.com). Through a variety of public and private partnerships, America Makes aims to increase the applications of additive manufacturing and 3D printing in order to make U.S. manufactures more globally competitive.
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As America Makes continues to play a vital role in the future of manufacturing in the United States, their work is supported by Northeast Ohio’s vast experience and expertise in the manufacturing industry. To this end, manufacturing represents the largest sector of Northeast Ohio’s economy and a primary driver of the region’s economic growth. Over the next 10 years, the industry is expected to grow by 25 percent, resulting in 49,000 job openings in production occupations. This growth illustrates the importance of manufacturing to Northeast Ohio’s economy and also demonstrates why entities like America Makes are located in our region.
To learn more about America Makes and Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing industry, follow the links below.