US unveils $70 million additive manufacturing initiative
Additive manufacturing institute part of plans for $1 billion national network
In March, Obama announced a plan to invest $1 billion to create a national network of up to 15 manufacturing innovation institutes to serve as regional hubs of manufacturing excellence that will help make the country's manufacturers more competitive and encourage investment in the United States.
The White House said additive institute will also serve as a pilot for proof-of concept for the national network. Five US federal agencies - the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Commerce, the National Science Foundation, and NASA – jointly committed to invest $45 million in Youngstown-based project.
According to the White House, the proposal for a national network of such institutes is part of Obama's plan to revitalize American manufacturing. It said the NAMII will provide the innovation infrastructure needed to support new additive manufacturing technology and products in order to become a global centre of excellence for additive manufacturing. This pilot institute will bridge the gap between basic research and product development for additive manufacturing, provide shared assets to help companies, particularly small manufacturers, access cutting-edge capabilities and equipment, and create an environment to educate and train workers in advanced additive manufacturing skills.
NAMII is led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, and includes companies such as Boeing, ExOne, FMW Composites, General Dynamics, General Electric, Honeywell, IBM, Johnson Controls, Kennametal, Laser Technology Assts, Lockheed Martin, Lubrizol, M-7 Technologies, MicroFab Technologies, Northrop Grumman, nScrypt, OSRAM Sylvania, Optomec, Oxford Performance Materials, Paramount Industries / 3D Systems, Parker Hannifin, Plextronix, POM, RTI, Ruger, Sciaky, Stratasys, Stratonics, Timken, Touchstone Research Lab and Westinghouse Nuclear.
University and non-profit members of the consortium include Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Lehigh University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.