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America Makes


  • Established August 2012
  • Lead: National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)
  • Headquarters location: Youngstown, Ohio
  • Regional location: "TechBelt" Cleveland to Pittsburgh Corridor
  • Includes 50 companies, 28 Universities and Labs, and 16 other organizations
  • Federal funding (cooperative agreement): $50 million

The America Makes Mission

The focus of the America Makes ( ) is to accelerate additive manufacturing technologies to the U.S. manufacturing sector and increase domestic manufacturing competitiveness by:


First-year efforts focused on bringing together its many member organizations, establishing its Innovation Factory, further developing the roadmaps for the Institute and its initiatives, and starting research & development projects. Highlighted achievements include the following.

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Historical Background

As part of his plan to catalyze a nationwide network of regional manufacturing innovation institutes, President Obama also acted to launch an institute that would further U.S. capabilities in an important emerging manufacturing technology and to pilot principles and approaches to guide the design and operation of the NNMI. Five federal agencies — the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Commerce, the National Science Foundation, and NASA — jointly committed to invest in a pilot institute. On May 9, 2012, the federal government issued a solicitation for proposals from teams led by non-profit organizations or universities to establish an Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The solicitation sought proposals, including technical and business plans, detailing steps to accelerate research, development, and demonstration in additive manufacturing and transition technology to manufacturing enterprises within the United States. On August 16, 2012, after a competitive process, the Administration announced the selection of a new consortium led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) to establish the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

Identity Shift

On Oct 8, 2013, the institute announced a new identity, America Makes. This new brand and name sets the stage for all working and innovating in additive manufacturing and 3D printing to realize the mission of reinvigorating the nation’s manufacturing industry and jobs market by serving a strong message. According to Ralph Resnick, Founding Director of the Institute and NCDMM President and CEO, “America Makes is a vehicle for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute to raise our profile, reach a wider audience to include the hobbyist and the entrepreneur, and ultimately, provide a richer member experience. America Makes sets the stage for us to realize our mission of reinvigorating the U.S. manufacturing industry and jobs market by serving a strong message. America Makes is our call to action. America Makes challenges the perception of manufacturing. America Makes is a far-reaching movement that goes beyond the walls of industry and into the homes of individuals. This is how we will become competitive. This is how we grow our nation’s economy and get ahead. This is how we lead. When America Makes, America Works!”

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