HUNTSVILLE, Ala – On Friday, May 6th, President Joe Biden announced a new voluntary initiative to boost the use of 3D printing in the domestic supply chain. AM (Additive Manufacturing) Forward will, according to the White House, pair large manufacturers with U.S. based suppliers to help extensively adopt the use of 3D printing technology. AMIIC, which is a sister organization to America Makes, the nation’s leading public-private partnership for additive manufacturing technology and education, will be involved in this nationwide initiative.
“We’ve seen how the pandemic impacted our supply chain. This national crisis underscored how important it is to have cutting-edge technology woven into our supply chain,” said AMIIC Executive Director, John Schmitt. “AMIIC and its partners stand ready to work with industry leaders to advance the goals of AM Forward through cutting edge additive and digital engineering training,” said Schmitt.
AMIIC was established to accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, equip North Alabama’s future technical workforce, and drive innovation through projects. AMIIC serves as a collaborative innovation hub, forming partnerships that allow organizations across industry, government and academia to access a national network of best in class technologists.
According to the White House, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Siemens are among the initial companies taking part in AM Forward. President Biden believes this public compact will bolster and strengthen the supply chain while also helping lower production costs.
The Congressional Research Service says additive manufacturing is a way to manufacture parts from digital design files, which can be cheaper, nimbler and more efficient than more traditional manufacturing methods.
Interviews regarding AMIIC and AM Forward may be available upon request.
The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center (AMIIC) was established to accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and build the Northern Alabama workforce of tomorrow. AMIIC will work to stimulate Alabama’s economy, workforce, and advanced manufacturing sector through its state-of-the-art demonstration facility and a significant expansion of education and workforce development programs available to both students and workers. Based in Huntsville, Ala., AMIIC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)