3D Aerospace & Defense Symposium Takes Place January 12, 2017

Approximately eighty industry and government leaders in additive manufacturing gathered on January 12, 2017, at OpenWorks in Baltimore for RAMP MD’s 3D Aerospace & Defense Symposium. Additional photos from the event can be found at

Symposium Proceedings Can be Downloaded Here:

Panel 1: Aerospace & Defense Applications and Technical Challenges

Panel 2: Future Requirements in Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace & Defense

Break-Out Session: Technology Innovation

  • Lester Hitch, EOS North America
  • Ricardo Rodriguez, 3D Systems Corporation

Break-Out Session: Supporting Services

Break-Out Session: Intellectual Property

Break-Out Session: Educational Pathways

Download the Symposium Program here (pdf). Program Sponsor Insert.

Additive manufacturing is a transformative technology in the aerospace and defense industries – a true game changer. Lighter, cheaper, and faster products are possible, and additive is rapidly changing the acquisition lifecycle.

Maryland is home to many companies with significant capabilities in aerospace and defense additive manufacturing, such as Orbital ATK, AAI, Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and many smaller companies. It is also home to the US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, the Army Research Laboratory, and the Naval Air Systems Command in Pax River. These agencies offer facilities and expertise in additive manufacturing unmatched in the country.

Representatives from industry, government, academia, and the research sector came together January 12, 2017, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at OpenWorks in Baltimore, to explore topics of interest to aerospace and defense:

  • New applications of 3D printing in aerospace & defense sectors
  • Future requirements of government agencies in aerospace & defense additive manufacturing
  • New materials and databases
  • Trends and forecasts in additive manufacturing hardware, equipment, and technology
  • Educational pathways and workforce development
  • Intellectual property and working in classified environments
  • And much more…

RAMP MD is pleased that OpenWorks — Baltimore’s newest makerspace — hosted this year’s Symposium. Its mission is to make tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible and affordable. We were pleased to partner with this important organization. Find them at

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.

See photos from the event on FLICKR.

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

web coverView pictures from the event. Thank you to photography sponsor Root3Labs.

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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.