Advancing Additive Manufacturing Technologies Crucial to National Energy Strategy
Youngstown, Ohio — October 9, 2014. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is proud to announce today that four leading National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) National Laboratories and the National Security Campus have executed America Makes Membership Agreements to become members of the consortium:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)—Through innovative science, engineering, and technology, LLNL provides solutions to our nation’s most important national security challenges, including enhancement of national defense, reducing threats from terrorism, and maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile. LLNL is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, Babcock & Wilcox, URS, and Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)—Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, The Babcock & Wilcox Company, and URS for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
National Security Campus—The National Security Campus seeks to protect some of the nation’s premier security assets. Operated by Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC, the facility’s nearly 2,500 workers manufacture non-nuclear mechanical, electronic, and engineered materials for national defense systems.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)—As the largest science and energy national laboratory in the Department of Energy system, ORNL’s scientific programs focus on materials, neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology, and national security. ORNL is operated by UT-Battelle, LLC. The Department of Energy’s first Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, established at ORNL, helps industry adopt new manufacturing technologies to reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost, and create new products and opportunities for high-paying jobs.
Sandia National Laboratories—Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.
The move by the four National Laboratories and the National Security Campus to pursue membership in America Makes fits into the DOE’s commitment to advancing additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies as it relates to the DOE’s national energy strategy. Additive manufacturing has proven that it can accelerate innovation, compress supply chains, minimize materials and energy usage, and reduce waste.
“America Makes is excited to have LLNL, Los Alamos, National Security Campus, ORNL, and Sandia join the ranks of our growing and evolving member community,” said America Makes Director and NCDMM Vice President Ed Morris. “We warmly welcome them and look forward to collaborating with them as we strive to advance the state-of-the-art in additive manufacturing in the United States.”
Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes was awarded in August 2012 and is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow as part of the President’s proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure. At the time of award, five federal agencies—the DOE, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the National Science Foundation, and NASA—all jointly committed to invest in the first institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing, America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation.
For more information on becoming a member in America Makes, visit the Web site at http://americamakes.us.
About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D 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 http://americamakes.us.
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 ncdmm.org.