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Jan. 29, 2014 10:30 am

3 factors for Baltimore’s success as a 3D printing center [REPORT]

In a new report, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) outlines several ways in which the Baltimore region has already tried bolstering its additive manufacturing sector.

Jan Baum explains the process of layering during 3D printing at the kickoff event for 3D Maryland.

What might contribute to the rise of a vibrant additive manufacturing economy in the Baltimore region?

In a new report, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) outlines several ways in which Baltimore city and the surrounding counties have already made strides toward promoting and supporting digital fabrication. Among the factors aiding the region’s success:

  • Regional businesses that can immediately benefit from 3D printing and employees with a knowledge of 3D printing technologies
  • Pioneers and early adopters of 3D printing, including universities and military installations
  • A network of advocates for the use of 3D printing and the education of the next generation of 3D printing professionals

Read the report.

The lattermost category includes Jan Baum, on hiatus as the director of the Object Lab, Towson University‘s digital fabrication lab, in order to head up a new 3D printing initiative in Howard County called 3D Maryland. In the spring, a $500,000 additive manufacturing facility will open inside the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, and Baum will direct startups and established companies as they try to integrate 3D printing into their product prototyping processes.

Baum sat in during the EAGB’s winter update in which the group discussed its latest report on 3D printing.

Watch the video of the update:

Andrew Zaleski

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