As part of the larger Research for Additive Manufacturing in Pennsylvania (RAMP) program, 3D Systems has announced a new award scheme for universities researching future 3D printing technologies.
Along with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and America Makes, it announced that grants of $1m have been awarded to Carnegie Mellon University and Lehigh University, while additional private industry in-kind contributions to a value of $1m are being provided to fund both projects.
Ultimately the project is a drive by Pennsylvania to spark interest from some of the State’s best universities in collaborating with its manufacturing and technical institutions, a smart move for a state edging to be at the forefront of America’s movement to re-shore manufacturing.
“Pennsylvania is known for making products for the world, and to remain competitive,” honked Commonwealth of Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. “We must ensure our policies support the technology and innovation of the 21st century,
“By supporting this collaborative initiative, we will tap the best and brightest from two of Pennsylvania’s many prestigious universities to help our manufacturers remain leaders in the global economy.”
America Makes is based in Youngstown, Ohio – a ‘Maker City’ – and is the flagship project of the US National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, established by the US Department of Defense and other governmental organisations in 2012 with promised funding of $90m.
As part of its drive to help facilitate re-shoring it has already brought together 100 companies and universities to advance 3D printing into the market.