America Makes TRX unites additive manufacturing community at Ohio State

Posted: August 12, 2021
Herderick, Springs, Stitzel
Edward Herderick (Ohio State), Shawn Springs (Windpact), and Joel Stitzel (Elemance) converge for a panel discussion at TRX.

Accelerating growth, adoption, and discovery in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology is a core objective of The Ohio State University’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). That mission aligns with America Makes, the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing. 

CDME recently had the privilege of hosting America Makes’s Technical Review Exchange (TRX). Held August 3-4 at The Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center, the event featured networking opportunities, tours of CDME, and presentations with featured speakers from Ohio State.

Attendees also had the unique opportunity to tour Ohio Stadium before the official start of TRX at Ohio State. 

“America Makes has been a great partner of Ohio State as we grow the additive manufacturing ecosystem both locally with our faculty collaborators and business partners and throughout the tech belt – Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and beyond,” Edward Herderick, the director of additive manufacturing at CDME, said.

TRX at Ohio State was originally scheduled for 2020; however, the in-person event was rescheduled to August 2021 due to the pandemic. 

Jacob Rindler
CDME's Jacob Rindler takes the stage at TRX.

Programming included technical talks from industry innovators and insight from Central Ohio business representatives sharing their latest developments in additive manufacturing. A road mapping workshop rounded out the week’s activities. 

Content at TRX is shared at an in-depth level, with the presentation format intended to be conversational to promote engagement. The agenda featured a selection of representatives from Ohio State, including:

Herderick also hosted a conversation between Shawn Springs, the founder and chief executive of Windpact, and Joel Stitzel, the joint founder and chief executive of Elemance. Springs, an Ohio State alumnus and former All-American cornerback for the Buckeyes, is focused on the analysis, design, and implementation of impact protection solutions with his company Windpact.

America Makes is a public-private membership organization with a community of members representing government, industry, and academia. At TRX, America Makes announced a new Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) for projects totaling $500,000 in funding.

To learn more about America Makes, please visit For information on the RIC, visit

Ohio Stadium Tour
CDME team members huddle up for the Ohio Stadium tour