Congressman Tim Ryan Secures $10 Million for Ohio-Based Military Additive Manufacturing Program

Dec 15, 2014 Issues: Manufacturing

Washington DC –  Congressman Tim Ryan secured $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 have secured funding for this important research that will ultimately 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 this arena,”said Congressman Ryan.

“We are pleased to be working with UDRI on this important research effort. Working together with our industrial partners and our colleagues at the Youngstown Business Incubator, our faculty has established a strong program that is creating new opportunities to utilize additive manufacturing for the production of parts to be used throughout the supply chain.  The Department of Defense initiative will further provide our students with a world class opportunity to be engaged in cutting edge research,” said Dr. Martin Abraham, Interim Provost at Youngstown State University.

“These funds will enable Youngstown State University and the University of Dayton Research Institute to work with the Air Force in applying our unique capabilities in advanced manufacturing technologies to improving fleet readiness and reducing maintenance costs,” said John Leland, Interim Vice President for Research at the University of Dayton.

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 in June of 2014 and was included in the recently passed Omnibus Appropriations bill.

The Omnibus Appropriations bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and is expected to soon be signed by the President.