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Howard County Rolls Out Innovative 3D Printing Project

October 17, 2013

Columbia, MD (October 17, 2013) – It is emerging technology that could fundamentally change industry and business across sectors, and that technology is coming to the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA).

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman unveiled plans to launch 3D Maryland during the 20th annual meeting of the HCEDA. The state wide leadership initiative is designed to increase awareness of 3D printing and digital manufacturing (also called additive manufacturing), and the competitive advantages the technology offers.

“In order for Howard County and the State of Maryland to compete we must be active players in the development of innovative technology,” said Ulman. “This technology has the potential to drive business growth through innovative products and processes. It will also transform existing companies and lead to the development of new start-ups.”

The Howard County initiative will be led by an expert in the field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Jan Baum is a leader in bringing 3D printing and rapid technology to the greater Baltimore region. Baum is the founder and Director of Object Lab, a comprehensive, state-of-the-art rapid technologies and digital fabrication lab at Towson University. She will be on loan to HCEDA and serve as Director of 3D Maryland.

“This project presents a tremendous opportunity for us to educate audiences and help business and industries commercialize new products,” said Lawrence F. Twele, CEO of the HCEDA. “We plan to work with our partners in the manufacturing sector, groups like the Regional Marketing Institute, to get the word out, and provide incubation and assistance to new and existing manufacturers.”

With the formal launch of the project, 3D Maryland will begin identifying Maryland’s rapid tech resources and building collaborative relationships that connect resources. 3D Maryland will also include a prototyping lab and user groups.

The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship was established by the Howard County Economic Development Authority in 2011. The HCEDA also operates the Howard Tech Council, the Business Resource Center, and the Innovation Catalyst program.