America Makes Announces MMX 2018

October 18, 2018 | Categories: America Makes News

Tooling U-SME Diamond Sponsor of the Institute’s Premier Annual Event; Record-breaking Attendance Expected

Youngstown, Ohio — October 18, 2018. America Makes, in partnership with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, proudly announces that it will convene its annual, two-day Members Meeting and Exchange (MMX) at the Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium ballroom in Youngstown on October 30 – 31, 2018. Tooling U-SME, a division of SME and America Makes Gold-level member, is the MMX Diamond Sponsor.

Each year, America Makes hosts its MMX event to bring its community together in Youngstown to impart the latest information on the Institute; report on and review technical content as it relates to additive manufacturing (AM) research projects; and provide an opportunity for members to network and collaborate. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation.

“This year’s MMX is on track to exceed last year’s record-breaking MMX event, which is incredibly exciting,” said America Makes Executive Director Rob Gorham. “As our premier, annual event, the value of MMX is undeniable. It provides the opportunity for America Makes members and non-members who share our mission to advance the additive manufacturing industry to gather together here, in Youngstown for continued knowledge sharing and collaboration. MMX also serves to unite our local community and manufacturers throughout Mahoning Valley and northeast Ohio with national experts and leading organizations. That’s a big reason why we partnered with the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber to help promote the value of MMX on the local level.”

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber works to provide economic development, advocacy, and business services to promote the growth of its members and the Valley. The Regional Chamber is the single point of contact for all business-related services, coordinating local development efforts among the many organizations working to serve the business community.

“The America Makes MMX event provides a rare opportunity to have hundreds of business partners—C-suite executives from Fortune 100 companies, military brass, leading research institutions—gathering in our community,” said Guy C. Coviello, Vice President of Government Affairs, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber. “The event also enables our members to develop their businesses and opens doors for the Chamber’s team in the economic development realm. The timing of this year’s MMX is perfect, given the Ohio Chamber Research Foundation’s report, Ohio BOLD, which calls on the state to use America Makes as a way to boost the future economy throughout all of Ohio.”

MMX is sponsored by many leading organizations, including the Diamond Sponsor, Tooling U-SME, the leading provider of manufacturing training solutions. Specifically, Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with thousands of companies including more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturing companies, as well as 600 educational institutions across the country.

“I also want to recognize Tooling U-SME for Diamond-level sponsorship of MMX,” added Mr. Gorham. “America Makes, Tooling U-SME, and SME all share many of the same goals and synergies. We are grateful for their unwavering dedication to promoting advanced manufacturing technologies, particularly additive, and the development of skilled manufacturing workforce.”

MMX is also sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsor: Humtown Products

Silver Sponsors: The Barnes Group Advisors, Xact Metal, and the Youngstown Business Incubator

Bronze Sponsors: Applied Optimization Inc. and NSL Analytical Services

Reception Sponsor: Home Savings Bank

On Tuesday, October 30th, MMX will commence at 8:00 a.m. with opening remarks to be made by America Makes Executive Director Rob Gorham, as well as a Welcome video message from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

America Makes has planned a strong and dynamic MMX speaker lineup for the day, most notably, Tracy Frost, Director, OSD ManTech and Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing USA Institutes. In this role, Ms. Frost supports the Director of Manufacturing Technology with the Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology program, as well as the DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. Ms. Frost’s MMX presentation will provide insight into the DoD’s perspective of America Makes and its impact.

Other MMX 2018 speakers include:

  • Michael Gorelik, Chief Scientist and Technical Advisor, Fatigue and Damage Tolerance, FAA
  • Rob Ivester, Ph.D., Advanced Manufacturing Office Director, Department of Energy
  • Jeannine Kunz, Vice President of Tooling U-SME
  • Brandon Lamoncha, Sales Manager, Humtown Products
  • Ellen C. Lee, Ph.D., Technical Leader of Additive Manufacturing for Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Jim McCabe, Senior Director of Standards Facilitation, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH)
  • Jim Tressel, President, Youngstown State University
  • Kelly Visconti, P.E., PMP, DoD, OUSD (R&E) Manufacturing Technology Office Support Senior Program Manager, ProMan Strategies
  • Terry Wohlers, MSc., Dr. h.c., FSME, Principal Consultant & President, Wohlers Associates

America Makes will also announce on Tuesday the awardee of its Distinguished Collaborator Award, as well as the Class of 2018 America Makes Ambassadors. Established in 2014, the America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award recognizes an individual or a group of individuals with exceptional commitment and dedication to the advancement of AM technology, practices, and innovation in the manufacturing industry. Launched last year, the America Makes Ambassador Program recognizes and appreciates individuals who continually demonstrate outstanding dedication to America Makes and its mission.

Tuesday will wrap-up with a networking reception at The Butler Institute of American Art Museum. Recognized as the first museum exclusively dedicated to American art, The Butler Institute was founded in 1919 by local industrialist, Joseph G. Butler. Today, this architectural masterpiece is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

On Wednesday, October 31st, America Makes will share status reports given by principal investigators for eight ongoing projects. The presentation format is intended to be flexible and conversational in its structure to permit more organic interaction throughout each presentation so that ideas are exchanged, best practices are discussed, and projects are understood by the attending membership community at a richer, deeper level.

To conclude this year’s MMX, America Makes, along with the DoD Program Management Office (PMO), will also be hosting an “Industry Day” event, in which a new Directed Project Call announcement will be made. A brief Q&A session will also be held in lieu of the traditional Webinar associated with America Makes project calls.

Registration for MMX is still open. Last day to register is Thursday, October 25th. Register today! Visit for more information about America Makes, the MMX event, or on how to become a member.


About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—to continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at