Established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2014, RAMP MD (Regional Additive Manufacturing Partnership of Maryland), is a consortium of private businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and representatives of U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) that are working together to expand Maryland’s capabilities in additive manufacturing. RAMP MD’s focus areas are:
- Educating a supporting workforce
- Providing access to facilities and equipment to manufacture AM products,
- Building the required infrastructure to support the manufacturing base.
Through partnerships with RAMP MD, industry has access to equipment and capabilities that many businesses could not otherwise afford. These Maryland-based companies are now able to move a product from inspiration to production without large capital outlays.
These partnerships leverage the equipment and expertise that resides at U.S. Army Chemical Biological Center (CBC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground. CBC has worked in additive manufacturing – 3D Printing, computer aided design, and rapid prototyping – for military application for 25 years.
RAMP MD’s Board of Directors includes leaders from industry, education, and non-profit organizations and their names and organizations can be seen on the RAMP MD Fact Sheet (pdf).
RAMP MD’s Executive Director is Rick Decker, formerly Technical Director of US Army Chemical Biological Center, leads the work of the organization.