Senator Cardin visits RAMP MD partner DWE Plastics

img_1847Senator Cardin came to Harford County to hold a roundtable discussion on Additive Manufacturing with the business community. RAMP MD was the event organizer and DWE Plastics was the host at its new facility in Belcamp.

DWE Plastics was the ideal example to show Senator Cardin how a business can benefit from a private-public partnership. Approximately 70 people attended the event, to include DWE staff members, many RAMP MD Joint Work Statement holders, and representatives from Army Research Lab, ECBC, Maryland Department of Commerce, and community organizations.

Much of the discussion revolved around education and workforce topics, because that is one of the challenges the business community is facing and one of the opportunities in front of community colleges and school systems. Examples of college pathways and certifications were discussed and a clear need in our community was identified for industrial design coursework and apprenticeships.

Conversation also included recounting the opportunities in front of northern Maryland: that within a 30-40 mile radius of Aberdeen Proving Ground, we have all components and capabilities needed for a thriving additive manufacturing community, and this co-location of capabilities is unique in the United States. RAMP MD plays an important role and we need to add more fuel to the fire to create a unified national capability.

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New Frontiers of Bio-Medical Additive Manufacturing Symposium held March 4

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Over 150 manufacturers, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts put their heads together to explore the latest trends and capabilities in Bio-Medical Additive Manufacturing at a half-day symposium, New Frontiers in Bio-Medical Additive Manufacturing, on March 4, 2016, at Cecil County School of Technology in Elkton, MD. Cecil County is home to major manufacturing entities, such as W.L. Gore and Terumo Medical.

Topics included materials and applications, bioengineering tissues and implantable devices, rehabilitation and wearable health technology, government R&D, and business and market trends. Speakers included experts from MEDCOM, DARPA, Walter Reed, Naval Research Laboratory, WL Gore, Army Rapid Prototyping Lab, University of MD, Johns Hopkins and numerous industry partners and start-ups.

“Additive manufacturing represents a significant opportunity for the state of Maryland to be at the leading edge of a technology that is going to dramatically reshape how we live, work, and play,” said Rick Decker, executive director of the Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP MD), and the Symposium host. “3D Printing will revolutionize the bio-medical field, and because of the incredible capabilities here, Maryland is poised to play a national leadership role in this industry.”

Additive manufacturing is particularly critical to bio-medical devices and prosthetics as it enables complete customization to fit an individual’s exact body composition. This technology reduces the time and costs to bring a new product to market because it can generate single prototypes that can be modified and re-printed for testing until the best final product is achieved. Additive manufacturing also shortens the development time of new products, giving a lift to small business and start-ups.

The symposium took place Friday, March 4, 8 am- noon at the Cecil County School of Technology. Congressman Andy Harris, a medical doctor and 1st District Congressman, provided a keynote speech.

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RAMP MD held its First Anniversary Open House Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at its offices in Harford County. Over 70 attendees enjoyed exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and networking.

RAMP MD held its First Anniversary Open House Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at its offices in Harford County. Over 70 attendees enjoyed exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and networking. More information here.