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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces US SBA Grant to Youngstown State University to Develop Integrated Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Methods

June 9, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan (Oh-13) is announcing a $495,910 federal grant for the Consortium for Advanced Hybrid Manufacturing–Integrating Technologies (CAM-IT). This consortium, which was established with the assistance of Youngstown State University and North Carolina State University, will be the first develop a comprehensive roadmap for integrating additive and subtractive metal manufacturing technologies in order to accelerate the adoption of the technology. This combined method is more commonly referred to as “hybrid manufacturing”.

“YSU continues to be leader in the field of advanced manufacturing and together with YBI and America Makes they have made Youngstown the focal point of this emerging and transformational technology,” said Congressman Ryan. “This grant will ensure that American manufacturing continues to be a world player by helping U.S. manufacturers develop tailored plans to integrate additive manufacturing into their production methods.”

The award will allow Youngstown State University to bring together individual stakeholders to collaborate on the accelerated adoption of precision Additive Manufacturing metal parts. The program will enhance advanced manufacturing capabilities, improve the efficiency and reliability of Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes, develop workforce training and education requirements; and further develop the supply chain for hybrid manufacturing. According to Dr. Guha Manogharan, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at YSU, “The advanced manufacturing community in the US will greatly benefit from improved processing capabilities that produce complex functional parts through this hybrid approach”.

CAM-IT will also provide U.S. manufacturers with shorter lead times and more affordable low-volume production. The project also will bring together stakeholders with the skills necessary to accelerate technical development in both additive and hybrid manufacturing. Before the start of this project, there was no widely used system for integrating additive and subtractive manufacturing processing methods.

The project builds upon two successful partnerships between YSU and the Youngstown Business Incubator to support the adoption of additive manufacturing technology in industry.