Xact Metal Celebrates 100th 3D Metal Printer Order

  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – May 15, 2023— Xact Metal, on a mission to make metal 3D printing affordable and to decentralize the technology, announced today that it has received its 100th printer order, a significant and exciting milestone in the company's growth. This achievement comes after the successful launch in 2021 of the XM200G, […]


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How apprenticeship programs help retain workers amid shortage

By David Rockower Credit: Pennsylvania College of Technology If you haven’t read about the labor shortage, you’ve more than likely experienced it firsthand at your favorite location restaurant or retail store, or even in your own firm. During a recent webinar sponsored by The Ben Franklin Learning Center, Shannon Munro shared details about what’s causing […]

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Pennsylvania’s first-ever carbon capture project will have major local, statewide impacts

By Cara Aungst KeyState’s nearly $1 billion project will play a role in Pennsylvania becoming a 'hydrogen superpower’ over the next 30 years, and Penn State is helping lead the way. KeyState is in the second phase of engineering Pennsylvania’s first carbon capture and storage project, to be built in Clinton County. The gas synthesis […]

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Xact Metal bringing affordable metal 3D printing to Latin America

Innovation Park-based metal 3D printing company Xact Metal just announced partnerships in Mexico and Columbia in a push to bring affordable metal 3D printing to Latin America. “At Xact Metal, we’re committed to expanding the adoption and the democratization of metal 3d printing by establishing a new level of price and performance in the industry,” […]

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Happy Valley companies receive Ben Franklin investment toward commercialization

By Staff Writer Eleven companies in central and northern Pennsylvania recently received investments from Ben Franklin Technology Partners that will allow them to further develop and commercialize new products and software applications, and stabilize operations in a long-standing manufacturing business. One of the Happy Valley companies to receive funding approval at the Ben Franklin Technology […]

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Setting student entrepreneurs up for success

By Gatini Tinsley Students gather at one of the many Penn State entrepreneurship workshops to compete for a chance to make their business dreams a reality. (Credit: Penn State) In 2021, nearly 4 million undergraduates walked across the stage with their undergraduate degrees in hand in the United States. Some dreamed of becoming trailblazers, striving […]

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A master class in collaboration

By Cara Aungst After success with the NASA 3D-printed Mars Habitat challenge, several researchers formed X-Hab 3D, an expeditionary 3D printing company.   There’s an unassuming building on a through-street of CATO Park. It was once a North American Refractories Company (NARCO) building and, if you’ve ever driven past it — chances are that you […]

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