Maker City weekend to draw hundreds across U.S., spotlight Youngstown's additive hub


All eyes seem to be on Youngstown.

After all, it is home to the first additive manufacturing hub established by the President Barack Obama administration.

And now that hub, known as America Makes, 236 W. Boardman St., will bring Make: magazine to host a “3-D Printer Shootout” in Youngstown. It’s part of the Youngstown Maker City weekend that is expected to draw 400 guests from across the country.

“They could have done this anywhere in the country,” said Barb Ewing, chief operating officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator. “They said this year they wanted to do it here. That is such great exposure.”

The Youngstown Maker City Initiative will be from July 31 to Aug. 4.

The effort organized by America Makes, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland,

D-13th, the Youngstown Business Incubator, Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Youngstown State University and others brought the exposure here. A VIP reception will be a part of the weekend on Thursday for invited guests and members of the media. The public is invited to the Sunday event, which includes a Makers showcase, 3-D printer demonstrations and a tour of America Makes.

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