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January 8, 2024

CCAT’s new grant program will aid manufacturers looking to add 3D printing capabilities

Submitted photo Eric Wold, CCAT's machining applications specialist, with the nonprofit's high-end 3D printer.

Six manufacturers in the state have the chance for a $100,000 grant that will go toward boosting their 3D printing capabilities, state officials announced.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) last week announced the second round of the state’s Additive Manufacturing Adoption Program, a competitive grant program aimed at improving local manufacturers’ operations.

The application window for this wave of grants — which will include six companies each receiving $100,000 — is open through Feb. 29. The program is open to manufacturing companies in Connecticut with less than 300 employees that are trying to enhance their 3D-printing operations, also known as additive technology, such as implementing new 3D metal and polymer printers to produce parts, tools and fixtures.

Farmington-based Burke Aerospace, which develops components and equipment used in the aerospace and gas turbine industries, was a grant recipient during the first round of the program in 2021.

“Our printer has already paid for itself, cutting our costs and lead times significantly. A process that took up to 12 weeks to complete now takes less than two weeks. We transformed a key section of our business using our new additive systems,” said Burke president Brittany Isherwood.

CCAT is hosting an Additive Support Open House on Jan. 31 for manufacturers and stakeholders to learn more about the program. More information about the grant program can be found online.

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