The Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster is a membership based organization dedicated to helping companies in Ohio accelerate the use and adoption of 3D Printing Technologies.
The cluster began in 2016 as a study in partnership with the Youngstown Business Incubator, Team NEO, MAGNET, America Makes, and the Fund for Our Economic Future. The roadmap identified the current demand for 3D Printing, opportunities to accelerate growth and adoption, and the supply chain assets uniquely positioned to give Northeast Ohio a competitive advantage for business attraction. The roadmap concluded that Northeast Ohio has many supply chain strengths and is positioned well to help its strong manufacturing base adopt the use of 3D printing to gain a competitive edge in the market place.
The roadmap brought forth several strategic initiatives for the region and advised the formation of an innovation cluster. An innovation cluster is essential for developing competitiveness for a region globally, commercializing new technologies, developing supply chain collaborations, launching new entrepreneurial ventures, attracting capital and research dollars among several other economic benefits.
The cluster is sustained by its membership base and industry participantion and is actively working on the following 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.
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.
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.
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.
Goal 5. Establish a framework that will foster entrepreneurship and commercialization of AM supply chain technologies, as well as the northeast Ohio “maker” community.
The success of the cluster depends on a diverse and active membership base. The cluster aims to provide value to cluster members through several key activities and by offering opportunities for networking and industry knowledge provided by world-class leaders. Become a member today!