Story excerpt provided by The Business Journal.
Using 3D printers in Youngstown State University’s new Launch Lab, engineering students are designing and creating prototypes to make hard-to-find airplane parts for the Air Force Research Lab.
“Some of the parts the Air Force needs are legacy parts, they’re no longer made, so they approached us for help,” explained Ashley Martof, a graduate research assistant in the lab. Once a prototype part is created, the students are using 3D printing technology to create tooling so the part can be manufactured in quantity.
That project and others like it helped to showcase YSU’s expanding role in teaching and researching 3D printing and advanced manufacturing when Philip Singerman, associate director for innovation and industry services for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, visited the region July 24.
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Originally published August 3, 2015.