America Makes Hosts Delegation from The National Defense University

April 04, 2016 | Categories: America Makes News

The Institute to lead faculty and students on visits to regional America Makes members based in Cleveland and Pittsburgh April 4-6

Youngstown, Ohio — April 4, 2016. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is pleased to host a contingent from the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C., to underscore the role of additive manufacturing and 3D printing in strengthening our nation’s defense capabilities. During the three-day event, NDU faculty and students are visiting select America Makes members from throughout the Cleveland and Pittsburgh area. Today, the group’s Cleveland-area stops include Case Western Reserve University, Lorain County Community College, and rp+m. On Tuesday, April 5, they will visit Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and will end the day with a panel discussion at America Makes headquarters in Youngstown. NDU’s annual visit will conclude on Wednesday, April 6, with a tour of ExOne in the Pittsburgh area before returning to the nation’s capital.

“It is a privilege to once again host our friends from the NDU and to demonstrate to them how essential additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies are becoming to our nation’s economy and defense industry,” said Ralph Resnick, America Makes Founding Director, and NCDMM Executive Director and President. “I am grateful to the America Makes members in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania for welcoming NDU faculty and students to their facilities and providing insights on the importance of advanced manufacturing in supporting national security strategy.”

Visiting students are enrolled in the NDU’s prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. The school’s mission is to prepare select military officers and civilians for developing and implementing a national security strategy, particularly in the realm of advanced manufacturing.

“The Department of Defense is heavily dependent on a vibrant American industrial base for our tanks, ships, planes, computers, trucks, and so much more,” said Col. Sean O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Defense Strategy, Acquisition and Resourcing at the NDU. “Our future leaders must understand what makes industry tick and how the policies and actions of the Department can improve industrial competitiveness. To that end, students at the Eisenhower School travel to domestic and international industry, academic and government institutions to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats our industries face. America Makes is our preeminent destination this year because it is a public/private institution that brings together government, academia, and industry to spur innovation, promote start-up companies, and advocate for the incredibly promising and fast growing additive manufacturing sector—an industry that is redefining the art of the possible in manufacturing.”



About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3-D printing (3DP), 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 and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

About the National Defense University and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School

Located at Ft. Leslie J. McNair in Washington, D.C., the National Defense University (NDU) provides rigorous joint professional military education to members of the U.S. armed forces to develop leaders who can operate and think creatively in an unpredictable and complex world. The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy is one of 12 NDU colleges and centers. The Eisenhower School prepares select military and civilians for strategic leadership and success in developing U.S. national security strategy and in evaluating, marshaling and managing resources in the execution of that strategy. Established in 1925 in the aftermath of America’s mobilization difficulties in World War I, NDU’s predecessor, the Army Industrial College, focused on wartime procurement and mobilization procedures. Today, the NDU’s mission is to prepare military officers and civilians for senior leadership positions by conducting postgraduate and executive-level courses of study and associated research dealing with the resource component of national power, with special emphasis on materiel acquisition and joint logistics, and their integration into national security strategy for peace and war. The school awards its graduates a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. For more information about the NDU and the Eisenhower School, visit