3D printing news in Ohio
The University of Dayton is reporting that it recently received about $3 million in Ohio Third Frontier Program funds that will be used to advance the aerospace industry in Ohio. What’s significant about this funding is that the money will be put to use in 3D printing/additive manufacturing to develop new materials. The University will nearly match that amount, providing $3.3 million for the same project.
One of the goals is to develop materials that are lighter than those traditionally used in aerospace, as well as help eliminate the costs of tooling. This project will primarily focus on polymer materials.
The University will be working with program partners Stratasys, PolyOne and Rapid Prototype Manufacturing Inc. to develop parts for the aerospace industry.
Aircraft-engine parts will be developed for GE Aviation as well as components and parts for companies such as Boeing, Honda and Goodrich.
University of Dayton students will be a part of this project through the School of Engineering, which will provide hands-on opportunities for engineering students.
According to Brian Rice, head of UDRI’s Multi-Scale Composites and Polymers Division, this program should create at least 30 high-tech jobs in Ohio during the first three years and 85 jobs after five years.
Source: University of Dayton Student Newspaper