Regional initiatives

Southwestern Pennsylvania is uniquely positioned to be a leader in metals additive manufacturing (AM) because of the region’s knowledge, research, and decades of experience in this field. Additive manufacturing is a fast-moving technology, and the region must take advantage of the economic growth that can come from being a leader in this field. With more than 20 faculty members from across disciplines at Carnegie Mellon, the NextManufacturing Center is keeping Southwestern Pennsylvania at the forefront of this field by researching the interrelated technical, cost, and design issues of AM. Working closely with regional industry leaders, the center is working to enable wide-spread adoption of AM technology by making the process less expensive and more easily scalable for production.

Economic development

The Next Manufacturing Center has built a strong partnership with Catalyst Connection, a non-profit economic development organization focused on working with small and mid-size manufacturers in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Watch Jack Beuth and Thomas Bloom of Catalyst Connection talk about the future of additive manufacturing in Southwestern Pennsylvania on WPXI’s “Our Region’s Business":

Hear more from our experts

"Process Mapping for Additive Manufacturing"
Jack Beuth, Additive Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers Conference, 2015

"Materials Engineering Support for Additive Manufacturing"
Tony Rollet, Additive Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers Conference, 2015

"The Mechanisms of Powder Spreading"
Fred Higgs, Additive Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers Conference, 2015

Regional collaborations

Southwestern PA is home to many of the nation’s metals producers, powder suppliers, manufacturers and software developers, including: