Cumberland Additive, headquartered in Pflugerville, Texas, USA, reports that it has expanded into the Neighborhood 91 (N91) Additive Manufacturing production campus located at Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania. The company states that the new facility will be an opportunity to grow its core competencies in metal AM and CNC machining, whilst benefiting customers with the turnkey value-added solutions offered by the Neighborhood 91 AM ecosystem.
Both Cumberland locations will continue to serve major markets such as aerospace, defence, space, energy and nuclear industries via its Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) series production and engineering design services.
“Consolidating the supply chain for AM at the innovative Neighborhood 91 production campus helps us mitigate risks, costs, and complexities for our customers,” stated John Jenkins, president, Cumberland Additive “We’re excited to be part of the Neighborhood to work together to further ignite the industry.”
In anticipation of the move, Cumberland is developing a relationship with N91 anchor tenant Wabtec Corp, a global provider of equipment and services for the freight and transit rail industries, to support the company’s CNC machining needs for complex AM parts. This relationship hopes to enable Wabtec and Cumberland to leverage each other’s technical knowledge and manufacturing capabilities to unlock the value of AM for their respective non-competing markets.
“We are pleased to welcome Cumberland Additive to Neighborhood 91,” said Philip Moslener, vice president, Advanced Technologies, Wabtec. “Cumberland is an established Additive Manufacturing supplier, who brings a unique expertise and skillset. Their addition to Neighborhood 91 will build upon the collaborative spirit of this community and accelerate the development, adoption and application of additive technology.”
By providing a physical location at N91, Cumberland plans to work with local universities and workforce development agencies to train workers to support the growing AM industry. Company chairperson, Dawne Hickton, a Pittsburgh native, understands the tremendous opportunity for the company, “Pittsburgh has always had a strong manufacturing culture, and Cumberland will be able to tap into this skilled workforce to quickly grow its production capacity.”
One of the original visionaries for Neighborhood 91, John Barnes, founder of The Barnes Global Advisors (TBGA), sees the addition of Cumberland as fulfilling the next step in the evolution of the campus, “As a part manufacturer, Cumberland Additive joins Wabtec as an anchor tenant forming the foundation of the Neighborhood 91 supply chain strategy. These manufacturers will drive the need for the next tenants who will provide powder, thermal treatment, testing, and analysis on campus.”
Christina Cassotis, CEO, Pittsburgh International Airport, added, “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. Cumberland is another manufacturing anchor tenant – choosing to expand in Pittsburgh at Neighborhood 91 – which will help attract more companies. I’d like to welcome Cumberland and look forward to a continued partnership.”
Cumberland expects to be fully operational by Q4 2021. This expansion also enables a focus on large-format machines, including the EOS M 400-4, an SLM®500 and redundant capabilities such as the Arcam EBM Q20plus for metals.