America Makes Opens Annual Members Meeting to Non-Members for First Time

October 25, 2017 | Categories: America Makes News

Cost Share In lieu of Membership Dues Makes Membership Affordable;
Current Members Can Earn $5k Cost Share for Membership Referral

Youngstown, Ohio — October 25, 2017. America Makes proudly announces that for the first time, its annual members meeting will be open to non-members in an effort to acquaint them, firsthand, with the multitude of benefits that membership affords them. The annual, two-day Members Meeting and Exchange (MMX), formerly called Program Review and Members Meeting (PRMM), will be held at the historic Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium ballroom in Youngstown on November 15 – 16, 2017.

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

“At America Makes, our collaborative model has proven that we can achieve more as a united community to achieve our goal of advancing additive manufacturing technology development, adoption, commercialization, and education,” said Tiffany Westbay, America Makes Membership Director. “Continuing to grow and evolve our membership community is crucial for a high-level of collaboration and we are committed to convening a balanced member community of diverse organizations. It is our hope that non-members will take advantage of the opportunity to participate in MMX to gain a better understand of our work, our achievements, and our membership community.”

America Makes offers three levels of membership—Platinum, Gold, and Silver—featuring invaluable benefits for each tier, including access to valuable intellectual property, technical presentations, project calls, the Innovation Factory, and much more. To support its ongoing goal of continuing to cultivate a diverse and robust membership community—one that more broadly represents the AM ecosystem in the United States—America Makes also recently launched the @Program.

“We want to make membership a more feasible option to those interested in joining America Makes,” added Westbay. “There’s this misconception that our stakeholders are comprised of mostly large organizations. In reality, a third of our members are small- to medium-sized companies. America Makes developed the @Program with this member demographic in mind. The @Program offers cost share credits in lieu of the annual membership dues for those activities in which members are likely already working on and that align to the mission objectives of the Institute. Simply put, both new and existing members can offset their annual cost of membership by easily earning cost share credits.”

Additionally, America Makes is also calling upon its more than 190 members to help the Institute grow the community and support the upcoming MMX event. America Makes members are encouraged to invite non-member partners of theirs to MMX. For every successful referral that results in a subsequent new membership, members can earn a $5k cost share credit.

As part of their membership benefits, existing Platinum- and Gold-level members are reminded that they can sponsor a Silver-level membership for free or at a discounted rate, respectively.

“On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we are excited for a strong turnout of both members and non-members at the upcoming MMX event,” concluded Westbay. “Registration is required to attend, so don’t delay and register today.”

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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