Building from the 2016 study Asset Map of Additive Manufacturing Opportunities in Northeast Ohio, the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster formally chartered itself in 2017. Five goals served as the foundation for building the cluster in year one. The cluster successfully attracted a solid base of industry participants, established name recognition for itself nationally, attracted several prospects to the region that will lead to future capital investments and job creation, and launched working groups that will help develop future supply chain collaborations. The work completed in 2017 created a solid foundation for the future of the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster.
2017 Cluster Goals
Goal 1. Form a regional innovation cluster that relies heavily on focused engagement with America Makes and that establishes northeast Ohio as the nexus of AM in the Midwest.
Outcomes: Established the foundation of a cluster by attracting 65+ companies and institutions to cluster meetings and events. Rolled out a formal membership process which resulted in 37 signed membership agreements in year one. Convened industry leaders at 3 cluster meetings and 2 networking events, and attended and promoting the cluster at 12 industry conferences.
Goal 2. Drive expanded applications of AM for tooling, fixtures, and enhanced manufacturing productivity by making investments in technical support, capital equipment, workforce development, and industry-based educational programs.
Outcomes: Launched an Advanced Tooling Acceleration Program that assisted 60+ companies in successfully integrating AM into their tooling processes. Chartered a tooling working group consisting of industry leaders to expand application for tooling.
Goal 3. Use formal education and workforce training initiatives to boost the adoption of AM, and place a strong emphasis on the development and retention of design and engineering talent.
Outcomes: Chartered a Design for 3D Working Group to formalize efforts around teaching companies and engineers how to design in 3D for part production. Established a one year operating plan that will be fulfilled in 2018.
Goal 4. Build out supply chain strengths in the key market verticals of the automotive, biomedical and aerospace industries, including an attraction strategy for key gaps in the existing supply chains.
Outcomes: Convened an Additive for Aerospace industry forum which attracted 110 attendees. Completed 13 attraction calls which led to the first XJET printer being installed in America, housed at the Youngstown Business Incubator, and a formalized partnership with the Junction.
Goal 5. Establish a framework that will foster entrepreneurship and commercialization of AM supply chain technologies, as well as the northeast Ohio “maker” community.
Outcomes: Mentored 12 AM related start-ups who have been offered industry connections and access to supply chain collaborations. The start-ups experienced success by commercializing new technologies, expanding their business and hiring employees, investing in capital equipment, or attracting venture funding.
Goal 1: Form a regional innovation cluster that relies heavily on focused engagement with America Makes and that establishes northeast Ohio as the nexus of AM in the Midwest. In 2017, the cluster convened 3 meetings to formalize the cluster, share industry knowledge and expertise, and to provide networking opportunities.
1Q Cluster Meeting - March 10 80 Attendees, 50+ companies and institutions in attendance including Parker Hannifin, Lincoln Electric, NASA, and Rockwell. The event was geared towards leaders in industry, education, workforce, government and economic development working in AM. The keynote speakers for the event were two attendees from the Trumpf Group, Dr. April Cooke, Additive Manufacturing Specialist, and Franziska Maschowski, Business Development Manager Additive Manufacturing. The German based, high-technology company offers production solutions in the machine tool, laser, and electronics sectors. They presented Trumpf’s latest technical innovations for 3D Printed Metals. Attendees also heard from Rob Gorham, Director of Operations, from America Makes. Gorham talked about America Makes’ Technology Roadmap and its impact and opportunities for NE Ohio firms. Additionally, there were breakout sessions led by industry experts to discuss key elements of the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Roadmap completed late last year. This reviewed the areas of focus for this cluster and how Northeast Ohio can strengthen its position on AM in the region. The purpose of this discussion is to identify project teams for pursuit of funding for these topics.
2Q Cluster Meeting - June 8 70 Attendees, 50+ companies and institutions in attendance including Lubrizol, Strange Presse, Vorti-Siv, and Slice. The event focused on tooling applications for additive manufacturing. Allen Kreemer, Sr Manager of Application Engineering from Stratasys kicked off the meeting by giving an overview of the tooling applications for AM. Allen discussed how low-volume production tooling can create prototypes from the same process and materials that are used for the final product, and bring new products to market even while waiting for the final tooling to arrive from the machine shop. Stratasys is the largest Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for additive manufacturing in the world. A panel followed the speaker which included discussions on new tooling processes and applications. Five mini session presentations on AM for tooling were also presented.
3Q Cluster Meeting - October 11 60 Attendees, 40+ companies and institutions in attendance including GE Additive, M Holland, and Park Ohio. The event was focused on design for 3D with a keynote address from senior engineer Brock Wilt of SimuTech. The presentation regarded the topic of Topology Optimization. Tony Hughes of the Lanterman Group presented on Design for 3D. Three local companies and cluster members were offered an opportunity to present on their capabilities.
Cluster Networking Events Networking is an important part of attracting membership to the cluster and to create opportunities for supply chain collaborations and technology advancements. In 2017, the cluster hosted two networking events.
Meet and Greet in Cleveland at MAGNET January 25 – 64 Attendees
Meet and Greet in Lorain County May 31 – 30 Attendees
Cluster Promotion Creating Northeast Ohio as the Nexus of Additive Manufacturing involves significant promotion of cluster activities at local and national events. The cluster was promoted at the following events:
Advanced Design and Manufacturing Show, March 29 – 30, Cleveland Benesch Law 3D Printing Annual Symposium, April 13, Cleveland RAPID, May 9-10, Pittsburgh Portage Development Board Manufacturing Focus Group, May 23 NCDMM Summit, May 3-4, Pittsburgh SME Smart Manufacturing Series, August 10, Cleveland Start-Up ScaleUp, August 15, Cleveland Tri-C 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Conference, September 22, Cleveland Cleveland Engineering Society, September 29, Cleveland 3D Printing for Jigs, Fixtures, and Molds, September 7, Cleveland SSTIAnnual Conference, September 13-15, Washington, DC America Makes Membership Exchange, November 15-16, Cleveland
Goal 2: Drive expanded applications of AM for tooling, fixtures, and enhanced manufacturing productivity by making investments in technical support, capital equipment, workforce development, and industry-based educational programs.
Tooling Applications for AM Working Group Formally Chartered The Asset Map identified tooling as the biggest short-term growth opportunity for the region. There is tremendous growth occurring in the use of AM for tooling, fixtures, jigs & molds. The working group will focus on accelerating use in the NEO manufacturing community and outreach to identify and engage a much greater number of regional manufacturers.
Advanced Tooling Acceleration Program The ATAP program teaches manufacturers how - and when - to use AM to develop tooling for low volume production. The State provides a subsidy to reduce printing and design costs. One case study revealed that creating a metal chute using AM resulted in a 65-percent reduction in cost; the next print will have a savings of 85 percent since the engineering costs have already been paid. The program is funded through the Ohio Development Services Agency. In 2017, 55+ companies were offered consulting on how to use AM for tooling.
Education around Tooling: The Q1 and Q2 cluster meeting had a strong emphasis on tooling education. Cluster meetings offer an opportunity for cluster participants to learn from industry experts.
Goal 3: Use formal education and workforce training initiatives to boost the adoption of AM, and place a strong emphasis on the development and retention of design and engineering talent.
Design for 3D, Industry Education, and Workforce Development Working Group Formally Chartered This group focuses on training the industry in the region on 3D design and use case economics to create a higher rate of adoption in utilizing Additive Manufacturing for Part Production. This working group aims to teach companies how to use AM by offering design and training from regional assets (America Makes, MAGNET, Youngstown State University, Tri-C, the ATAP Program, etc.).
Education around DfAM: Each cluster meeting had a strong emphasis on Dfam education, specifically the presentations given my Trumpf at the Q1 meeting and AddUp at the Q2 cluster meeting. Cluster meetings offer an opportunity for cluster participants to learn from industry experts.
Goal 4: Build out supply chain strengths in the key market verticals of the automotive, biomedical and aerospace industries, including an attraction strategy for key gaps in the existing supply chains.
The aerospace industry is key market vertical for developing supply chain strengths. The cluster partnered with the Ohio Aerospace Institute to host an Additive for Aerospace Industry Forum. The goal of this Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Event was to showcase success stories and compelling reasons for implementing additive manufacturing from tooling to final parts. The presenters and panel sessions provided the details of how they overcame the hurdles for AM produced parts while also explaining how second and third tier suppliers can become AM part fabricators.
July 13 - 110 total attendees, 70+ companies and institutions in attendance. ASM International, NASA, Polymer Ohio, and Arcelor Mittal. Keynote presentations from GE Aviation, and University of Dayton Research Center. Current supply chain gaps are an opportunity for a strategic business attraction strategy to increase foreign direct investment. Target companies include OEM’s, software companies, and opportunities to attract materials and R&D centers. The cluster team facilitated several attraction visits in 2017.
Business Attraction Strategy A business attraction strategy is an important part of building out a competitive supply chain. In 2017, cluster leadership met with several companies to recruit them to expand their business to Northeast Ohio.
XJET Partnership - XJet has selected the Youngstown Business Incubator, and its partner, Youngstown State University, as its first USA customer for the XJet Carmel 1400 additive manufacturing (AM) system. Poised to transform the metal and ceramic additive manufacturing industries, the XJet Carmel AM system features the company’s patented NanoParticle Jetting technology that enables the production of metal or ceramic parts with the ease and versatility of inkjet printing without compromising throughput or quality. The partnership will focus on ceramic materials for both research and development and part production. Ceramics have strong applications for AM products in the aerospace and biomedical industries. Israel Soft Landing Program - YBI is now part of The Junction, an Israel-based business accelerator. Israelis are leading the world in so many areas in terms of technology, both on the software side and the additive manufacturing side. The Junction represents an acclaimed program that is among an elite group of entrepreneurs. Other partners in the Junction are tech giants Hewlett-Packard and SAP.
Goal 5: Establish a framework that will foster entrepreneurship and commercialization of AM supply chain technologies, as well as the northeast Ohio “maker” community.
By establishing a cluster framework that is co-led with the Youngstown Business Incubator, synergies are created that allow entrepreneurs and start-ups and opportunity to thrive and flourish. Access to networking, technical expertise, and personal introductions to potential customers are all benefits of participating in the innovation cluster. The following are a list of AM related start-ups who are both members of the cluster and its activities and are personally mentored by cluster leader, Tim Fahey.
YBI Portfolio Companies 3D PrinterWorks Hot End Works Additive Engineering Solutions JuggerBot 3D Bravura 3D Pamton 3D Fila-Mint Printing 3D Parts Freshmade 3D StrangePresse Gemini Industrial Machines Vista / AST 2
Portfolio Company Success Stories
Freshmade 3D announced their new material, AMClad and tested the durability using a 3D Printed bowling ball.
Strangpress has been awarded exclusive global licenses for a polymer deposition nozzle and exhaust valve assembly developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
JuggerBot 3D received an AMP Grant to partner with Mercy Health, Fibre Tuff Biopolymers, Whiteside Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Valtronic to maximize 3D printing in the Orthotics and Prosthetics space using an advanced biopolymer.