Public-Private Partnership to Advance Additive Technology

National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be located in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Obama administration recently announced the launch of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), a public-private partnership based in Youngstown, Ohio that aims to advance additive manufacturing technology and rejuvenate the rust belt. “This institute will help make sure that the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow take root not in places like China or India, but right here in the United States of America,” the president said when he announced the institute in August.

Consisting of a consortium of private companies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the institute will be funded through a $30 million federal grant and $40 million from consortium members. It is intended to be the first of 15 such innovation centers built across the country as part of the president’s proposal to create a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Announced in March, the $1 billion initiative aims to bring together industry, educational institutions and government to bridge the gap between basic research and product development, provide shared assets to help companies access new capabilities and equipment, and educate students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills.