GetPrinting3D, a retail store for three-dimensional printers, opened for business on the north side of Dayton Thursday. It’s one of just a handful in the country, but the potential uses of 3D printers are growing fast.
In the center of a cube-shaped 3D printer about the size of a hotel mini-fridge, a little mechanical arm squirts out thin jets of white liquid plastic, slowly building a chess piece.
Meanwhile, Brent Cox, of GetPrinting3D, holds up the future in his hands.
A yearly study from Brookings and JPMorgan Chase shows exports are an important piece of the economic recovery in the Dayton region. The Export Nation 2013 report shows that exports grew about 7 percent each year from 2009 to 2012 in the greater Dayton area.
Ohio manufacturers are largely feeling upbeat about their future, according to a couple signs.
This week, the Small Business Administration announced that it’s made nearly 130 loans to northern Ohio manufacturers in this most current fiscal year, which looks to be on par with 2012. The total loans come to nearly 55-million dollars, well over twice the amount handed out in 2009 when the brunt of the recession came down on many regional companies and vendors.
The collapse of a garment factory last month in Bangladesh has put a spotlight on how workers that produce clothing for Western retailers are treated. It’s prompted the government there to raise the pay for those employees. As WYSO's Emily McCord reports, consumers in the US may be starting to pay attention as well.