Additive manufacturing is a sweet spot for the Pittsburgh region, playing to strengths in research and development, talent, innovation and infrastructure. Our leadership in the sector allows us to contribute to a wide variety of industries, and we continue to help shape its future through our commitment to innovation.
Manager, Business Investment
“You’ve got great universities like Pitt and CMU and they invent things, and now we’ve got Mill 19 and Hazelwood Green, which is like the development flavor. Between Hazelwood Green and Neighborhood 91, that’s 400 acres of development and production capability. And I would be surprised if that’s matched anywhere in North America.”
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– John Barnes
Founder, The Barnes Global Advisors
The Pittsburgh region was quite literally made for additive manufacturing. From the number of existing businesses to the amount of investment to supply chain, our region goes from strength to strength across the ecosystem.
Gross Regional Product
capital investment (2010-2020)
leading global manufacturers have world headquarters in Pittsburgh
the first full ecosystem development tailored to the additive manufacturing supply chain
We are a region of makers and builders, and we’re always thinking about ways to do things better.
people employed in manufacturing
degrees conferred annually, including 5,500 technology degrees and certificates
metro for college graduates by LinkedIn and Trulia
annual grads in manufacturing-related fields
Additive manufacturing has generated significant job growth and investment across the region. Some notable examples include:
The petrochemical giant built the first major polyethylene manufacturing complex in the northeastern U.S. in Beaver County employing 600 workers with several thousand to result from private industry and public services.
Nexii Building Solutions
This Canadian-based manufacturer of environmentally sustainable building products opened its second U.S. facility in Pittsburgh in 2022, creating more than 300 jobs.
National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
Since relocating to its current site in Indiana County, the center has nearly tripled its footprint. Projects include AMNOW, a new $3.7 million program supporting the addition of additive manufacturing technology to the U.S. Army supply chain.
We offer the resources that connect manufacturers to the bigger picture.
Located at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s 195-acre Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus, this public-private partnership offers a full production ecosystem for additive manufacturing, including a microgrid for competitively priced, reliable power with a goal of making the industry more efficient and sustainable. Neighborhood 91’s proximity to the airport allows people and products to reach any destination in the world within 24 hours or less.
Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute
Located on a former steel mill site that now houses a thriving robotics community, the institute accelerates the development and adoption of innovative robotics technologies through its network of industry, academia, and government partners, focusing on accessibility for large and small manufacturers.
From navigating supply chains impacted by COVID-19 to accessing grants, the goal of this private, not-for-profit group is to help manufacturers respond to changing markets, new technology, and the competitive pressures of the global economy.
Company Success Stories
One of Pittsburgh’s most iconic manufacturers, aluminum producer Alcoa announced a $60 million expansion at its technical center in New Kensington, Westmoreland County. A year later, it entered an agreement with Airbus to deliver 3D printed components for commercial aircraft.
This Irwin-based firm is a global leader in industrial 3D printing, creating parts on demand for manufacturers, universities, and researchers. Among its recent highlights are plans to build a 3D printing “factory” inside a 40-foot shipping container for the Department of Defense as part of a $1.6 million contract.
Canonsburg-based ANSYS produces engineering simulation software used in industries including aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, healthcare, electronics, and consumer goods. The company recently acquired 3DSIM, which uses software to simulate metal additive manufacturing for testing and design.
In addition to university-based resources, more than 40 R&D centers call the Pittsburgh region home. A selected list includes:
- Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Center
- Alcoa and Arconic R&D Center
- Allegheny Technology Inc.
- Calgon Carbon
- Elkem Metals Development Center
- ExOne – Design and Re-Engineering for Additive Manufacturing Center
- GE Manufacturing Center
- HRP Metals
- Langeloth Metallurgical
- Siemens Mobility
- US Steel Technical Center
- 50+ leading global manufacturers have world headquarters in Pittsburgh
- U.S. Steel is the first steel company in North America to join ResponsibleSteel, a global nonprofit
- ExOne, based in Irwin, is a world leader in 3D printing, creating parts on demand for manufacturers, universities, and researchers.
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