An additive manufacturing event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center June 11-13 was attended by 2,700 from all over the world, but only 85 from the Pittsburgh area. There were 95 exhibitors who provided the latest industry and career information. The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) explained how it plans to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector with the help of government grants.
Additive manufacturing, 3-D printing and scanning, digital data, rapid prototyping and NAMII are resources and tools to assist in manufacturing better products. If industry doesn't take advantage, manufacturing remains stagnant and industry falls behind.
The Pittsburgh manufacturing community — including school districts, companies, higher education and organizations supporting manufacturing — is missing an opportunity to enhance itself.
The writer is chairman of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (sme.org).