The key activities build directly from the results in 2017 and will enhance the value proposition of the cluster to cluster members. The 2018 goals are intended to increase cluster membership, build an on-going effort around AM for tooling, increasing demand for design for production by teaching engineers design for 3D, gaining a better connection to the demand side of AM to build out supply chain strengths in key market verticals, refining the cluster’s business attraction strategy, and by identifying potential entrepreneurs and connecting them to market demands.
1: Launch a tooling supplier collaborative. 2: Launch an Advanced Polymers working group. 3: Fund and kickoff a regional DfAM training sessions through America Makes. 4: Launch new AM related start-up companies by pairing them with orphan IP coming out of America Makes. 5: Build supply chain strengths by having a stronger connection to the voice of the customer in the automotive, biomedical, and aerospace industries. 6: Mentor manufacturers in uses for AM in tooling through the ATAP program. 7: Engage manufacturers in the XJET printer and the opportunities it offers for ceramics printing. 8: Promote cluster membership at national conference related to AM. 9: Use cluster to help regional entrepreneurs access capital and connections to accelerate growth. 10: Grow attraction efforts to bring AM tech leaders to NEO. 2018 Events:
Metal Sandcasting Technology January 31, 9:00am-12:00pm Location: HumTown Products, Leetonia