YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — There is much talk about 3D printing in Youngstown and on Sunday, America Makes invited the community to check out what it does.
There was a long line to get inside of the local business’ open house. However, William Catlin of Lordstown is beyond impressed with all the 3D printing at America Makes, as he had the opportunity of a more hands on approach to the company’s work.
“We got to touch some of the items. It’s just amazing the detail that can go into those and it’s all with a printer,” said Catlin.
His grandson tagged along for the tour; it’s something he’s interested in as a career. The same goes for resident Steven Miller.
“This is awesome to have in our backyard,” said Miller.
America Makes indicated that there’s 3D printing everywhere. The automobile industry is a prime example.
“It’s not at all unusual for any of us now that own a recently modeled car that we’re touching a product that has gone through 3-D printing cycles. Whether it’s in its final production or process of production,” said Scott Deutsch of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining.
It’s a new wave of manufacturing for the Valley, and what’s going on in Youngstown has caught the attention of President Obama several times.
Additive manufacturing and 3D printing is very democratic, it opens the doors to the masses. To be able to produce things that are very sophisticated and it creates a whole new level of opportunity for our community,” explained Barb Ewing of the Youngstown Business Incubator.
“This is cutting edge, yes. I don’t think there’s too many communities around here that have that,” added Catlin.
After a crash course on 3D prinitng, guests had the chance to see how local manufacturers use 3D printing in Youngstown.
“I see this as a future in our country small business with printers and also in our schools I see the same technology can help there,” finished Catlin.
America Makes’ open house is also part of the Youngstown Maker City Initiative. The effort ties in the president’s initiative to boost American manufacturing and new opportunities.
In Youngstown the focus is on 3D printing. YSU, the Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Youngstown Business Incubator are all taking part in the initiative.
“We’re committed to creating programs to support entrepreneurs, makers and just really teaching the community about how to use 3D printing and additive manufacturing to changer their lives,” said Ewing.
Congressman Tim Ryan is also part of the initiative.