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Layered Approach to Build 3-D Manufacturing Cluster

By Dan O'Brien, The Business Journal

Northeastern Ohio is “ideally suited” to emerge as a national leader in additive manufacturing technology and positioned to develop a long-term business and economic culture around it, says a comprehensive study released this morning.

“We started working on it in December of last year,” says Barb Ewing, chief operating officer at the Youngstown Business Incubator. “It took about six or seven months, but it helps us identify the kind of programs we need from all angles.”

The study – “The Asset Map of Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Northeast Ohio” — was compiled by four organizations: the incubator, America Makes, Team NEO and Magnet. The analysis presents what development officials say is a “roadmap” on how to develop an additive manufacturing cluster in the region that encompasses manufacturing, supply networks, education and training, research and workforce development.

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