3D Printing Heats Up Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Sector

3D Printing Heats Up Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Sector

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing has been getting widespread attention in Northeast Ohio. In this article from Fresh Water, several key companies, universities and organizations talk about how 3D printing is changing the region’s manufacturing sector.

3D printing brings the sexy back to Cleveland’s manufacturing sector DOUGLAS J. GUTH | THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 freshwatercleveland.com

The manufacturing industry in Northeast Ohio has always carried a soot-stained appearance of dirty smoke stacks and imposing brick factories, Matt Hlavin knows.

Those days are finished, declares the CEO of Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing (rp+m), an Avon Lake company dedicated to the “printing” of three-dimensional solid objects from digital files, a process formally called additive manufacturing, but known in common parlance as 3D printing.

“Manufacturing is cool again; it’s sexy,” says Hlavin. “You can have facilities that look the same as any software company in Silicon Valley.”

3D printing is ideal for complex projects requiring a high degree of customization, maintain proponents of a practice that takes ultrathin layers of plastic, steel or other materials and fuses them onto a flat surface, creating an exact three-dimensional replication of a digitally designed object. Read more