NCDMM Commemorates MFG Day 2018 by Offering a Hands-on Additive Manufacturing Training to Local High School Students

  • Each of Participating High Schools to Also Receive a 3D Printer, Laptop with Software, and a Stipend for Materials and

Blairsville, Pa. — September 26, 2018. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), sponsored by the Arconic Foundation and in collaboration with Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC), proudly announces that to commemorate national Manufacturing Day (MFG Day observed October 5th), it is offering an Intro to Additive Manufacturing (AM) half-day training class to high school students from five local area high schools from Indiana and Westmoreland Counties at its Blairsville headquarters on Thursday, October 4th and Friday, October 5th. On Thursday evening, NCDMM will also host an Open House at its office from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for parents, teachers, students, and the general public.

“All of us at NCDMM are excited to celebrate MFG Day 2018, in partnership with WCCC and the Arconic Foundation, by providing local area high students hands-on additive manufacturing training,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Chief Executive Officer and America Makes Founding Director. “By 2020, the additive manufacturing industry is projected to be worth more than $20 billon. Within the next decade, while it is projected that more than 3.5 million advanced manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, because of the widening skills gap, upwards of 2 million jobs may go unfilled. That’s a staggering statistic. Yet it’s one that holds the promise of great opportunity. The sooner we can expose students to advanced manufacturing technologies like additive and get them interested, we may be able to help reverse this trend. There are and will continue to be career opportunities available in additive. What’s needed most is a skilled workforce. It is our hope that this MFG Day, we can inspire students to pursue a career path in additive.”

MFG Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level that supports hundreds of manufacturers across the nation by hosting students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. The goal of MFG Day is to address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is—and what it isn’t.

NCDMM is proud to once again participate in and support the objectives of MFG Day. NCDMM manages and operates America Makes, the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. America Makes is also the flagship Institute in the Manufacturing USA, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

The high school students from each of the participating schools of Blairsville, Homer Center, Indiana Career & Technology Center, Greensburg-Salem, and Jeannette will receive hands-on training on both the printers and the software used to operate the printers. Students will see the printers in action as they will customize and print out a specific part to a 3D printed fidget-spinner, which they will get to keep. A previously 3D printed school key chain will also be provided to the students.

NCDMM, through the Arconic Foundation, will also be donating to each of the participating schools a 3D printer, a laptop with software to run the printer, and a stipend in the amount of $2,000 to cover transportation costs and additional printer materials and supplies.

At Thursday evening’s Open House for students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and the general community, NCDMM will be hosting representatives from local manufacturers to highlight the importance of advanced manufacturing and 3D printing in the region. Open House attendees will be able to see 3D printers in action, meet with NCDMM staff and representatives from local manufacturers, and get input on how to pursue advanced manufacturing careers.

About NCDMM
NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at ncdmm.org.

About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit americamakes.us.

About Manufacturing (MFG) Day 2018
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level that supports hundreds of manufacturers across the nation by hosting students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. It is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October. Created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International in 2012, MFG DAY has enjoyed support from many organizations aligned with its mission of positively changing the public perception of modern manufacturing. Organizations that have played a vital role in working with FMA to successfully grow this national celebration of all things manufacturing include the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). MFG DAY is now produced annually by the NAM with key contributions and support from the MEP and the MI. For more information about MFG Day, visit mfgday.com.

About Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC)
Established in 1970, the main campus WCCC is located in Youngwood, Pa. and has a current enrollment of more than 5,000 students. WCCC offers 65 associate degree, 20 diploma, and 78 certificate programs with options that prepare students for careers or transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year institutions. To provide access to quality educational opportunities to area residents, the college operates six off-campus education centers that serve all of Westmoreland, Fayette, and Indiana counties. Additionally, WCCC also provides public safety training for fire, police, and emergency services responders through its Westmoreland Public Safety Training Center, located near Smithton, Pa. For more information, visit westmoreland.edu.

About Arconic Foundation
Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe. For more information, visit arconic.com/foundation.

About Arconic
Arconic (NYSE: ARNC) creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. For more information, visit arconic.com.

Source: NCDMM

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