Jan.2, 2014

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, rebranded as America Makes, formed in August 2012 with the goal of making the U.S. more competitive in the 3D printing (additive manufacturing) arena.

"America Makes is a movement that goes beyond the halls of industry and reaches into the homes of individuals," said a release from the organization. "When America Makes, America works!"

America Makes is working with major U.S.-based manufacturers, industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources but also has the goal of inspiring a generation of "makers" to use 3D printing. Partnered with MakerBot, DonorsChoose.org and Autodesk, America Makes formed the MakerBot Academy in November 2013, aiming to put a Desktop 3D Printer in every school in America.

The goal is to get U.S. citizens, students and all Fortune 500 manufacturing-driven company leaders to consider the benefits of additive manufacturing. The Institute was founded as the pilot institute for up to 15 National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institutes. With the emphasis on "America Makes" The Institute is sending a message that Americans are proud manufacturers. Utilizing additive manufacturing in the process allows companies and employees to collaborate digitally, publish and share findings rapidly, and prototype and iterate at a much faster pace than ever before.

Check out below America Makes' 2013 'By the Numbers' #Infographic.

Posted in 3D Printing Technology



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