Creating an AM Workforce with Military Veterans

May 10, 2017 | Categories: America Makes News

Through a Workforce Development Grant, America Makes, and
3D Veterans partner with GE CATA and Robert Morris University to train U.S. Veterans in the use of industrial additive manufacturing in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pittsburgh, PA — May 10, 2017. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in partnership with 3D Veterans, has received a grant to expand the Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp for veterans created last fall to teach U.S. military veterans 3D printing, CAD drawing, 3D scanning, and traditional manufacturing. These skills will be useful as veterans return to an increasingly digital workforce in the high demand advanced manufacturing industry.


This summer in Pittsburgh, PA, military veterans locally and nationally will begin a four-week Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp developed by 3D Veterans, America Makes, GE CATA, and Robert Morris University. Through this four-week training program, the military veteran students will learn how to use design tools and metal 3D printers to enter the additive manufacturing workforce for some of the largest organizations in the world. Veterans who attend will receive a $500 stipend at the completion of the program.

The mission of 3D Veterans is to train and mentor veterans in 3D Printing technologies to lead innovation and growth in this revolutionary industry. According to Michael Moncada, Co-Founder of 3D Veterans, “This bootcamp will allow our nations heroes the opportunity to learn additive manufacturing skillsets and tools from the leaders in this exciting industry, and will surely give our veterans an advantage at great career opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing. We are excited to work with America Makes, GE CATA, Robert Morris, and all the partners that assisted us in developing this program.”

A highlight of the four-week bootcamp will be spending one-week at General Electric’s state-of-the-art Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) facility. The hands-on exercises and projects will be led by Kirk Rogers, Technology Leader, GE CATA. “We are excited to work with all our partners to give U.S. military veterans valuable training in this growing area of advanced manufacturing.”

“The power in this program lies in the collaboration between industry, academia and training partners,” said Leanne Gluck, the Deputy Director for Workforce and Education at America Makes. “Because of these strong relationships, the 3D Veterans program delivers a hands-on experience with relevant technology, teaching skills linked directly to industry needs and demands. America Makes is excited for the second regional 3D Veterans Bootcamp, and looks forward to opportunities to expand and roll it out nationally.”


About 3D Veterans

3D Veterans provides veterans with emerging technology training programs for great career opportunities. Learn more at

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. America Makes is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information, 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