Darrell Wallace, director of Additive Manufacturing and Workforce Initiatives, will be the main investigator for the project.
Wallace is also a YSU assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering.
explained that additive manufacturing involves specific technologies emerging with rapid prototyping and mainstream production volume.
It is often used in aerospace, defense and biomedical industries.
"It's about transitioning technologies into mainstream commercialized applications," Wallace
"Additive manufacturing starts with a pile of material, typically melted, and is built up into other shapes.
It's about putting the material they need where they need it."
said this method is cost effective to make parts at very low volumes, leaving little to no material waste.
said the job opportunities focus on education training and workforce development outreach.
On a wide spectrum ranging from undergraduate studies, K-12 studies, graduate research, and higher-level research and development employees.
"We'll be training companies and positions from floor level operators to the product designer," Wallace
"The defining factor isn't where in the food chain you are."
said the minimum amount of education required for a job created by NAMII
would be an advanced certification.
will serve as a pilot institute for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
and other advocates have high hopes NAMII will be modeled after in the future.
Officials project 7,200 regional jobs created in the upcoming year, but the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining estimates
that next year, not much more than 20 jobs would be created as a result of NAMII
But Abraham and Wallace
said they believe NAMII
will contribute to boosts in revenue and university prestige.