Smart Business Akron/Canton. May2016, Vol. 25 Issue 12, p20-20. 2/3p.
RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURES, and THREE-dimensional printing
The article discusses how Ohio has figured out additive manufacturing/3-D printing as a strategic technology focus area for the manufacturing industry. According to Tim Sweeney of JobsOhio, Ohio has a healthy talent pool and is well-positioned to be a place where it is not so expensive to manufacture compared to other states. The participation of many Ohio organizations in National Network for Manufacturing Innovation programs is cited.
MANUFACTURING industries, GOVERNMENT programs, FINANCE, ECONOMICS, THREE-dimensional printing, and ORTHODONTIC appliances
The article discusses the U.S. government's multi-million dollar National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute project which will be initially based in the city of Youngstown, Ohio, focusing on the government's attempt to boost the niche manufacturing technology which features three-dimensional rapid prototyping. According to the article, the Invisalign brand of orthodontic braces from manufacturer Align Technology Inc. is one example of an additive manufacturing product.
The article discusses additive manufacturing in Northeast Ohio and a call for proposals by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute as of December 2012, focusing on an analysis of the 3-D printing and rapid prototyping industry in Ohio. It states that additive manufacturing is used in the plastics industry for low-volume production and prototyping processes.