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President Obama Announces Launch of Two New Innovation Institutes

Last May, President Obama announced his plan for improving the technological backbone of manufacturing in the US with the formation of a series of 15 public-private funded manufacturing innovation institutes throughout the country. The pilot institute, America Makes (or NAMII), opened shortly thereafter in Youngstown, OH and began to serve as a hub for high-tech manufacturing, including additive manufacturing, for the region.

With the pilot program humming away, the President has announced two new institutes led by the Department of Defense and supported by a $140 million in Federal funding that has been matched by $140 million in private funding. The new innovation hub in Detroit will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, while the hub in Chicago will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies. Continue reading

NAMII Announces Second Project Call Winners

Certainly not everything has gone the way President Obama might have wished during his presidency, but one move that seems to be working just fine is the foundation of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), which was recently branded “America Makes.” The program has thus far managed to connect partners from both the private and public sectors, handing out nearly $30 million in funding meant to advance AM in the US.

“We also have the chance, right now, to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs,” said President Obama in his State of the Union address. “My administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing in Raleigh and Youngstown, where we’ve connected businesses to research universities that can help America lead the world in advanced technologies.” Continue reading

MakerBot Academy Takes Aim at Education

The US has been the leader in additive manufacturing (AM) ever since Scott Crump designed Stratasys’ first 3D printer, but that may be changing. Both the UK and China have invested serious amounts of money into the technology, and the EU, with partner ESA, isn’t far behind. The US does have its own investments in place as well, such as America Makes (formerly known as NAMII), but with the turmoil in Washington, getting funding for new projects isn’t always easy.

MakerBot is hoping to help return the US to the forefront of AM with its MakerBot Academy program. The program would like to put a 3D printer in as many classrooms as possible to educate students about AM, and generate interest for the technology in a new generation of engineers and designers. MakerBot Academy represents a partnership between donorschoose.org, Autodesk, America Makes, and, of course, MakerBot (now a subdivision of Stratasys). Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: Voxeljet IPO, GE, NAMII, and Horseshoes

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

We’ll start today’s Roundup with money matters. Voxeljet hopes to raise approximately $91 million by offering 6.5 million shares with its IPO. Shares are expected to be offered at a price of between $13 to $15 a share, giving the company a market value of around $309 million. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Research Roundup

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

As might be gathered from the header, today’s Roundup is all about research news. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has handed out $7.4 million in grants for continuing AM research. Out of the total, $5 million will go to NAMII and the other $2.4 million to Northern Illinois University (NIU). Continue reading