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Study Offers Plan to Make Northeast Ohio Region a 3-D Printing Hub

By Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business

Northeast Ohio wants to position itself as an innovative hub for additive manufacturing — think the Silicon Valley of 3-D printing.

The region already has a strong manufacturing base, a variety of university and institutional resources and connections to the end-markets already using 3-D printing technology, like biomedical and aerospace. But there are big hurdles to overcome, including a lack of software initiatives in this space and limited venture funding, according to a recent report from the Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes in Youngstown and Team NEO and Magnet in Cleveland.

This “asset map” offers a comprehensive look at the existing efforts in additive manufacturing in Northeast Ohio, the barriers to continued adoption of the technology, and the potential benefits to the region. 

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