3D Systems Corporation has announced that it has taken the next step in its partnership with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), the federal initiative to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industry, with the delivery of two leading production grade additive manufacturing printers to the innovation center located in Youngstown, Ohio. This institute will bridge the gap between research, product development and manufacturing, and will provide companies, particularly small manufacturers, with access to cutting-edge capabilities and an environment to educate and train employees in additive manufacturing skills and technologies.
“3D Systems pioneered the development and commercialisation of additive manufacturing technology and is proud to be part of this visionary government initiative to localise manufacturing and enhance competitiveness,” said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing, 3D Systems. “With seven distinct 3D print engines, we are uniquely positioned to cover the broadest range of additive manufacturing applications and empower industries with tomorrow’s competitive tools and skills today.”
The additive manufacturing institute will be managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and is the first center in the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The NNMI institutes will serve as regional hubs of manufacturing innovation, and will be known as world-class centers for applied research, technology incubation, and commercialisation.