Congressman Tim Ryan Secures $10 Million in Defense Spending Bill for Ohio-Based Military Additive Manufacturing Program

Jun 12, 2014 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced $10 million in funding to create an additive manufacturing innovation research program based at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The program will equip the United States Air Force with the technology and expertise to use 3D printing and other emerging manufacturing techniques to fabricate low-volume replacement parts for weapons systems at a lower cost than can be achieved through current defense procurement processes. Ohio is a leader in the field of additive manufacturing with Youngstown State University and the University of Dayton Research Institute already working together on ways to increase the use of additive manufacturing in the military. Northeast Ohio is also home to America Makes (formerly known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute).

“I am proud to be able to assist in the funding of this important research that will ultimately help to grow high-paying manufacturing jobs in Ohio and across the United States while reducing costs for the Department of Defense. Additive manufacturing is transforming every sector of our national economy and this program further positions Ohio, which already has a successful additive manufacturing hub in Youngstown, as a leader in these arena,” said Congressman Ryan.

Congressman Ryan, a member of the House Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations was able to obtain $10 million for the program in the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill, which passed the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

The FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill must still be passed by the House, Senate and signed by the President.