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Howard County is betting big on 3D printing and rapid manufacturing being integral pieces of future economic development.
Its $500,000 3D Maryland facility will be unveiled this spring, and Director Jan Baum — formerly of the Object Lab at Towson University — was on Capitol Hill in recent weeks promoting additive manufacturing to a panel of congressional representatives.
Now two counties to the north of Baltimore city are following suit. Representatives from the Maryland state house and state senate, from Harford and Cecil counties, respectively, have introduced legislation to create a Northeast Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority in partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground.
The county’s legislators are spearheading bills in theMaryland General Assembly to create a regional 3D printing authority in collaboration with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Legislators say the bill will help bring jobs to the area and put Maryland in the forefront of innovation throughout the United States.