U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, as part of her tour to several Institutes within the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure.
NNMI currently has six institutes, and three additional institutions under competition, each of which is focused on the development of a different 21st century technology. NNMI aims to strengthen the global competitiveness of America’s manufacturing sector and workforce.
Secretary Pritzker represents the Department of Commerce, one of the six agencies in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) that manages the NNMI program. America Makes is the first Institute within the NNMI infrastructure.
Secretary Pritzker said that the type of collaborative, cutting-edge technologies that NNMI promotes is essential to create high-quality jobs and opportunity at home.
Ralph Resnick, America Makes Founding Director said that her visit coincided with the Institute’s third anniversary since their founding. Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and former Youngstown Mayor was also present along with other guests during the visit.
A roundtable discussion with a cross-section of 146 members has been scheduled to explain how America Makes works together to accelerate the productive use of additive manufacturing in the United States. Representatives from industry, small enterprise, material suppliers and original equipment providers (OEMs), academia, and non-profit organizations have attended the discussion.
Secretary Pritzker has already participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the America Makes’ first Satellite Center, within The University of Texas at El Paso’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation.
In addition to America Makes, Secretary Pritzker also visited the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago.