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Robots And 3-D Printers Show Off At Hazelwood Green Tech Hub Preview

Pittsburgh-area robotics and 3-D printing companies displayed their designs as part of a preview of the Hazelwood Green’s Mill 19 facility.

The former steel mill will soon be the home to the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, a public-private partnership between Carnegie Mellon University, community stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Hazelwood Green's Mill 19 site will be occupied by members of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute.

Robots demonstrated their ability to assist with manufacturing tasks, like sorting inventory, assembling machines and managing industrial materials. Additionally, 3-D printing technologies featured “bioprinted” body parts, metals and energy efficient building materials.

CMU President Farnam Jahanian said he was glad the former steel mill site was able to find a new life as a technology hub.

“When manufacturing was transforming the world economy, steel was the heart of manufacturing, and Pittsburgh was the center of it all,” Jahanian said. “The city has reinvented itself as the center of a new economy and our academic institutions are playing a central role in this reinvention."

ARM members are the first tenants of Mill 19, which is expected to break ground in spring 2019.