Today, the Energy Department joined with the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and NASA to announce the $45 million investment in the pilot institute of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation.
The pilot institute announced today will provide the innovation infrastructure needed to support new additive manufacturing technology and products in order to become a global center of excellence for additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing. This pilot institute will bridge the gap between basic research and product development for additive manufacturing; provide shared assets to help companies, particularly small manufacturers, access cutting-edge capabilities and equipment; and create an environment to educate and train workers in advanced additive manufacturing skills.
Initially committing $5 million to the project, with plans to contribute an additional $5 million next year, the Energy Department is building on its continuing efforts to help America’s manufacturers become more competitive in the global marketplace. Learn more about the Energy Department’s advancement of additive manufacturing by visiting our blog to see photos and a fact sheet. See the press release.