Neighborhood 91, the Additive Manufacturing (otherwise known as 3D printing) production campus at Pittsburgh International Airport continues to build on its success.
Cumberland Additive, which is based near Austin, Texas, is expanding operations at Neighborhood 91 in part to enable it to work more efficiently with local universities and with fellow manufacturing anchor tenant Wabtec, a Pittsburgh-based Fortune 500 company. Wabtec officially cut the ribbon on its facility earlier this month.
“We are pleased to welcome Cumberland Additive to Neighborhood 91,” Philip Moslener, vice president of advanced technologies at Wabtec, said in a statement. “Their addition to Neighborhood 91 will build upon the collaborative spirit of this community and accelerate the development, adoption and application of additive technology.”
Wabtec was an early adopter in the use of additive manufacturing for the production of railway parts. At Neighborhood 91, Wabtec will manufacture state-of-the-art, large-scale, lightweight parts for rail industry customers. It says that additive manufacturing technology will reduce lead times by up to 80 percent.
Neighborhood 91, located adjacent to the runways at the airport, is an additive manufacturing production center at the 195-acre Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus developed in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. Its name builds on the fact that the City of Pittsburgh has 90 neighborhoods.
“Consolidating the supply chain for [Additive Manufacturing] at the innovative Neighborhood 91 production campus helps us mitigate risks, costs, and complexities for our customers,” Cumberland President John Jenkins said in a statement.
Cumberland serves the aerospace, defense, space, energy and nuclear industries.
Company Chairperson Dawne Hickton, who got her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, said the expansion will allow Cumberland to tap into the talent at local universities and reach out to workforce development agencies to train workers to support the growing industry.
“Cumberland’s announcement is another example of how the vision for Neighborhood 91 to be a global headquarters of additive manufacturing is becoming a reality,” said Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis.
Cumberland expects to be fully operational by the fourth quarter.