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YSU unveils additive manufacturing center

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Ideas and projects can be transformed by Youngstown State University students using the latest 3D printing technology in one room.

The university unveiled its new Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing inside Moser Hall on Tuesday. Additive manufacturing is an emerging technology and YSU is betting its position within the heart of the Tech Belt will pay off as companies look to partner with students and the university on projects developing the products of tomorrow.

The 3D printers will enable research for undergraduate and graduate level students in majors not limited to science, engineering and art fields. 

YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn says the university is in the process of establishing itself as a leader in the additive manufacturing sector and educational opportunities are a part of that.

"We can show with the investment that's being made by our corporate partners, by governmental units and others, that we can have this direct impact on the economy through the opportunities that arise when we have this type of center that's created on campus," Dunn says.

Students are hoping their training can translate into jobs. Many different types of parts made of metal or ceramic can be created using the 3D printing machines. 

Brett Conner, the university's advanced manufacturing workforce initiatives director, says those parts and items developed could be used in vehicles and aircrafts, let alone medical and consumer devices. Conner says the skills to execute an additive manufactured product are becoming more and more in demand.

"Having this experience is a key discriminator for obtaining jobs or moving on to do research in the laboratory," Conner says.

The new center also supports YSU's two new research projects announced last week by America Makes out of Youngstown. The university is partnering with the University of Texas El Paso to develop multifunctional 3D printing for aerospace applications. The center will also work with the Youngstown Business Incubator to advance the adoption of 3D printing for the foundry industry.

YSU is one of only two universities in the world that have a 3D printing center installed and operating. 


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