Indiana Manufacturers Part of 3D Printing Initiative

Posted: Updated:
PLYMOUTH -

Plymouth-based Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies and the University of Notre Dame are part of a multi-million dollar advanced manufacturing partnership. The $11 million collaboration is led by the University of Pittsburgh and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and could receive up to $8 million in additional funding from Ohio-based manufacturing industry initiative America Makes.

The program is designed to help participants commercialize their work.

America Makes calls itself a "national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing" technology.

ITAMCO says the project it is involved with will focus on developing design practices for support structures for manufacturing metal alloy parts. Current rules, the company says, are "fairly primitive" and do not consider part orientation, distortion or heat-related factors.

The company says the work among the four organizations will break down in the following way:
-The University of Notre Dame will provide the algorithms for modeling
-Johnson & Johnson will provide medical implant models for optimization
-The University of Pittsburgh will provide testing on their DMLS equipment
-ITAMCO will write the plug-in application for AutoDesk

AutoDesk is 3D design and engineering industry software.

ITAMCO Lead IT Developer Joel Neidig says "as a gear manufacturer, we will always do subtractive manufacturing, but we recognize that additive manufacturing is the future of our business."

The project is set to be complete in January 2017.

  • Perspectives

    • ?Kerr has also previously held executive roles with Groupon, Angie’s List and GHX.

      Why Tech in The Midwest Attracts Capital

      Indianapolis is no longer simply a racing and manufacturing hub. The tech scene in Indy, and across the Midwest, has exploded over the past decade, with no sign of stopping. Last year alone, Indiana's tech industry contributed $14.1 billion to the economy. What's driving the growth and making Indianapolis stand out among coastal cities for venture capital investment, talent and more?

    More
  • Most Popular Stories

    • Old National Bringing on KleinBank

      Evansville-based Old National Bancorp (Nasdaq: ONB) has agreed to acquire a Minnesota bank. The all-stock transaction for Klein Financial Inc. is currently valued at nearly $434 million. The deal, which has received the approval from the Old National and Klein boards of directors, is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Old National says the acquisition will boost its asset total to approximately $20 billion. KleinBank's total assets come in at $2 billion. It has...

    • Chavers Exiting IndyHub

      The longtime executive director of IndyHub is leaving the organization. Molly Chavers, the founding leader of the civic engagement organization for young professionals, says she plans to take time for family before determining what's next. IndyHub was launched in 2005 by the city of Indianapolis and BioCrossroads to help retain and attract talent. Chavers says...

    • (photo courtesy Grand Park Sports Campus)

      Construction Begins on Pro X Facility at Grand Park

      Officials in Westfield broke ground Wednesday on the $5 million Pro X Athlete Development facility at Grand Park Sports Campus.  Westfield, IN –Today, Mayor Andy Cook joined other city leaders and owners of Pro X Athlete Development to break ground on the latest business to make Grand Park its home. The $5 million Pro X facility is scheduled to open in early 2019.

    • Fishers To Buy Historic Home

      The Morris-Flanagan-Kincaid House in Fishers will have a new owner and location this summer. The city of Fishers will purchase the 1861-built brick farmhouse from Nickel Plate Arts and move it from the Navient campus along I-69 to a new spot on USA Parkway. 

    • Rural Indiana Facing 'Have/Have-not Situation'

      The CEO of Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network calls the 16-year-old broadband internet provider "a great Hoosier success story." IFN, which was launched with a focus on high-speed connectivity for 20 rural telephone companies, now includes some 4,000 buildings throughout the state plugged-in through a network of more than 4,500 miles of fiber. Despite its growth, Jim Turner says there's still work to be done to bridge the broadband access gap in rural areas.