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When America Makes, America Works

How engaged is your manufacturing company in technology? With Industry 4.0? Industry 5.0? There may be a resource to help you connect the dots. America Makes is the first of 14 Manufacturing USA institutes, which were created over the past few years to revolutionize U.S. manufacturing through large-scale collaboration on advanced technologies and workforce development. America Makes focuses on additive manufacturing or 3D printing.

Each institute is a public-private partnership that receives part of its start-up funding from the federal government (the U.S. Department of Defense in America Makes’ case) through an open competition and more than half of its funds from industry and the private sector in the form of memberships. They build innovation ecosystems and position the country for leadership among ever-increasing global competition.

Additive manufacturing is a technology that deposits materials in layers to create lighter, stronger three-dimensional parts and systems with less waste, more design options, greater flexibility, less cost and increased speed.

According to a recent market research report, the global additive manufacturing market is expected to grow more than 31 percent annually during 2018-2025. A Wohlers Associates, Inc. report released in June 2018 revealed the additive manufacturing industry exceeded $7.3 billion in 2018. And additive manufacturing will continue to make a positive impact on manufacturing products, processes and career options.

To accelerate U.S. competitiveness in this industry, the America Makes innovation institute located in Youngstown is a unique, hands-on learning lab dedicated to advancing the technology, processes, materials and knowledge of the additive manufacturing community. It also serves to educate and build a skilled U.S. workforce to capitalize on the capabilities and advantages of additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

The Path Ahead There’s still a lot of work to do to figure out how to expand these new models of opportunity to more people. If the folks working on improving Youngstown have anything to say about it, they are writing the first chapter in America’s manufacturing comeback story. What we do now as a nation, as it relates to advanced manufacturing, has deep implications for future economic growth, energy efficiency, national security, and global competitiveness. Likewise, it will lay the foundation for the future that we build for our children, in communities like yours, the state of Missouri, and indeed, our country. Let our technology experts connect you to resources like America Makes. We can help you take those first steps into automation, innovation and more. Here is the list of Area Business Managers near you.

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