America Makes Honors the Leaders of the Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative with Its 2017 Distinguished Collaborator Award

November 15, 2017 | Categories: America Makes News

Also Launches New Ambassador Program to Recognize Individuals Who Continually Demonstrate Outstanding Dedication to the Institute

Youngstown, Ohio — November 15, 2017. America Makes proudly announces that it honored both Jim Williams, President of All Points Additive, and Jim McCabe, Senior Director of Standards Facilitation at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), with the America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award, its highest honor, for their collaboration and leadership in the successful creation of the Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC). The AMSC is an ongoing initiative launched in March 2016 to coordinate and accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing (AM) standards and specifications consistent with stakeholder needs necessary to facilitate the growth of the AM industry at large. The AMSC is a joint initiative between America Makes and ANSI.

This announcement came during the annual America Makes Members Meeting and Exchange (MMX) convening today and tomorrow, Nov. 16th, at the historic Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium ballroom in Youngstown. America Makes Executive Director Rob Gorham and America Makes Founding Director Ralph Resnick presented the award.

“While a number of standards developing organizations have been engaged in standards-setting for various aspects of AM, a coordinated effort was very much needed to maintain a consistent, harmonized, and non-contradictory set of AM standards and specifications,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes Executive Director. “With Jim Williams and Jim McCabe leading the charge and what they were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time is a huge achievement and a testament to their dedication.

“Together, they were able to assemble tremendous industry involvement with more than 260 individuals from over 150 public- and private-sector organizations with substantial representation from the aerospace, defense, and medical industries,” continued Gorham. “This collaborative effort shows in the overwhelming amount of success that Phase 1 of the AMSC has received. They are most deserving of the recognition as our 2017 Distinguished Collaborator Award recipients.”

With the AMSC initiative, Mr. Williams and Mr. McCabe worked tirelessly to help drive coordinated activity among standards developing organizations (SDOs) to develop a roadmap that identifies standards needed and fosters a more coherent and coordinated approach to standards development AM. In February 2017, the publication of a Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (Version 1.0) was released to wide industry success. Prior to the creation of the AMSC, no process existed for identifying priorities and interdependencies in the development of AM standards and specs.

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. 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.

The Institute honors the recognized individual(s) for cultivating effective collaborative relationships with academia, government, and industry, and contributing to the mission of America Makes. America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award recipients are presented with an award of an artistic rendering of an American Badger and a Coyote, a symbolic representation of the collaborative association these two animal foes and competitors have forged.

Mr. Williams, President of All Points Additive, formerly served as the VP of Aerospace and Defense for 3D Systems. He led advanced materials and process R&D with an emphasis on laser sintered engineered functional high-temperature composite thermoplastics. In addition, Mr. Williams oversaw new business development with focus on DoD and commercial applications and managed advanced materials and process maturation, application engineering, and transition-to-production for scalable additive manufactured systems and components. Prior to joining 3D Systems, Mr. Williams spent more than 47 years serving consumer, medical, and aerospace industries as President and CEO of Paramount Industries. He directed all facets of the company’s diversified product design and manufacturing operations, including materials and process R&D, applied research, industrial design, product engineering, design for manufacturing, product realization, AM, tooling, and leading-edge direct digital manufacturing.

As Senior Direct of Standards Facilitation at ANSI, Mr. McCabe is responsible for directing collaborative standardization activities and has been with the organization since 1995. In addition to his work on the AMSC, another of Mr. McCabe’s projects included the establishment of the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system of the U.S. In August 2013, Mr. McCabe was recognized by SES – the Society of Standards Professionals with its Honorary Life Member award. Prior to joining ANSI, he served as director of arbitration for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in Washington, D.C. Mr. McCabe is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.

L-R: Ralph Resnick, Jim Williams, Jim McCabe, Rob Gorham

America Makes Ambassador Program
In addition to recognizing the Distinguished Collaborator Award recipients, America Makes also announced the launch of a new initiative, the Ambassador Program, to show recognition and appreciation to those individuals who continually champion and demonstrate outstanding dedication to America Makes and its mission. The inaugural class of inductees of the Ambassador Program are:

  • Teresa Clement, Ph.D., Strategic Technology Manager for Technology Development – Missile Systems, Raytheon
  • Anthony Hughes, President, The Lanterman Group
  • Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates
  • Marilyn Gaska, Ph.D., ‎Chief Engineer, Logistics and Sustainment, Lockheed Martin
  • Mike Garvey, President and CEO,  M-7 Technologies
  • Lisa Camp, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Mark Cotteleer, Research Director, Deloitte Services LP
  • Ashley Martof, Industry Liaison, Youngstown Business Incubator

L-R: Ralph Resnick, Ashley Martof, Lisa Camp, Mark Cotteleer, Anthony Hughes, Marilyn Gaska, Teresa Clement, Mike Garvey, Rob Gorham

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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