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Additive manufacturing consultancy firm The Barnes Group Advisors (TBGA) has released a study looking at the potential impact of an additive manufacturing production campus for the Pittsburgh International Airport. Known as Neighborhood 91, the 3D printing hub is planned for construction at the airport sometime in 2020 and will form part of the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus. The development will sit on 195 acres directly attached to Pittsburgh International Airport.
The campus has been designed to house a complete end-to-end additive manufacturing ecosystem; it features all the necessary components that make up the 3D printing supply chain. TBGA’s study has revealed the overall economic benefits that Neighborhood 91 could have for Pittsburgh International Airport, mainly revolving around a reduction in production costs, simplified supply chain, workforce development, and reduced energy consumption.
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Commenting on the many cost impacts of a concentrated AM production campus, TBGA ADDvisor Services Leader and report co-author, Laura Ely, stated, “The current AM production supply chain is fragmented.”
“THIS STUDY VALIDATES THAT NEIGHBORHOOD 91’S CENTRALIZED CAMPUS WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE COST AND THE NEED TO MANAGE PARTS ACROSS A DISPERSED SUPPLY CHAIN.”
What is Neighborhood 91?
Neighborhood 91 was initially announced in late 2019, by Pittsburgh International Airport and the University of Pittsburgh. Launched to help make Pittsburgh a world leader in additive manufacturing, Neighborhood 91 is a new concept attempting to “condense and connect all components of the AM/3D Printing supply chain into one powerful production ecosystem.” Its placement at the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus, built adjacent to the airport terminal and runway, is intended to leverage the shared capital resources of facility partners, including the microgrid energy system, recycled argon, and communal powder facilities. It will also be situated near two major highways, 18 railways and the largest inland port in America for globalized cargo options.
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