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The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute 

Fast Facts


August 2012


Mission Accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) by convening, coordinating and catalyzing the AM industry to help advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and security ​

Headquarters Youngstown, OH

Consortium Organizer National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)

Satellite Locations
  • The W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
  • National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Institute Metrics
as of September 30, 2023
259    Member Organizations

Total Committed Funding on Original and Follow-on Agreements with DoD
$83M    Base Federal Funding
$217M    Base Non-Federal Cost Share

Additional Committed Project Funding
$271M    DoD Projects
$29M    Other Federal Funding
$58M    Academia/Industry Projects
$6M    State/Local Government Projects

Total Ongoing and Completed Projects
198    Technology Projects
130    Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Projects

Education and Workforce Development
40,527    Participants in EWD Projects or Institute-led EWD Activities from FY20-FY23
Institute Snapshot
America Makes is the nation’s leading public-private partnership for additive manufacturing (AM) technology and education.  America Makes members from industry, academia, government, and workforce and economic development organizations work together to accelerate AM adoption and the nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness, focused on three areas – developing AM technology, developing an AM workforce, and maintaining a collaborative AM ecosystem.

Dr. Steven Wax, Acting Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Science and Technology, Delivers Keynote Speech for America Makes Members Meeting & Exchange 2023

DoD Manufacturing Technology Program
Institute Capabilities
Additive Manufacturing

America Makes is deeply ingrained in the Youngstown, OH manufacturing ecosystem which is connected to a larger national network to provide members access to AM capabilities and expertise.  America Makes expands that network through three Satellite Centers at the University of Texas El Paso, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M University, and the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas.  Each Satellite Center focuses on mirroring and enhancing the efforts of America Makes to foster a collaborative infrastructure for the open exchange of AM information and research; engages with local companies and educational institutions to supply education and training in AM technologies; and focuses on transitioning AM technology from the research lab to commercialization.
Education & Workforce

The extensive America Makes portfolio include nearly 20 active EWD programs that includes a wide range of activities from community outreach to K-12 engagement, post-secondary courses, and warfighter training.  The EWD portfolio also includes a number of DoD training programs; veteran training programs; assisting in building multiple apprentices frameworks; and validating various industry-recognized credentials.  America Makes is dedicated to career pathways in AM and community engagement through various stakeholders.  As a dynamic partner in the AM community, America Makes executes projects, builds scale and scope, sets strategy, identifies and creates programs to meet new requirements, and establishes best practices through an advisory committee.
America Makes has spent considerable effort over the past eight years developing and maturing a technology roadmap development process.  The roadmapping process is based on America Makes’ membership and stakeholder interaction to develop, curate, and deconstruct technology needs.  America Makes has developed member-driven roadmaps for technology, EWD, and AM standards.  These roadmaps identify measurable and meaningful challenges that, when met, promote inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and advancements across the industry.

America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) launched the Additive Manufacturing Standards Collaborative (AMSC) in 2016 with the support of Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).  The AMSC coordinates and accelerates the development of industry-wide AM standards and specifications.  Standards and conformity assessments are key to creating trust in innovative technologies and fostering their widespread acceptance within the AM community.  The AMSC developed and manages the AMSC Standards Roadmap, which identified AM standards gaps.  America Makes continues to support the AMSC and the development of industry standards, thereby facilitating the growth of the AM industry and the manufacturing technology ecosystem.