Engineers from America Makes and JuggerBot 3D Featured in NIST Video Rethinking Manufacturing

August 16, 2019 | Categories: America Makes News, Member News

JuggerBot 3D to Host a Video Screening Event on Monday, August 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Youngstown, Ohio — August 16, 2019. America Makes proudly announces that Gold-level member JuggerBot 3D, a Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) portfolio company, is hosting a special screening of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) video, Rethinking Manufacturing, on Monday, August 19th at 4:30 p.m. at YBI’s “Tech Block Building Five.”

The Rethinking Manufacturing video features two Youngstown natives and promising engineers, America Makes Project Engineer Ashley Totin and JuggerBot 3D Co-founder & President Zac Divencenzo, and their journey to find their career paths in the wake of the economic decline of their hometown. Once a thriving steel town, the collapse of the industry in the 1970s hit Youngstown particularly hard. During the following decades, Youngstown experienced harsh economic times due to significant job losses that caused its population to leave in droves.

Today, Youngstown would be better described as a comeback city due largely to a dramatic shift in the role of American manufacturing. Once seen as the world’s icon of industrialization and then as a symbol of decline, American manufacturing once again is changing. Rethinking Manufacturing is the story of two young individuals who are on the cutting edge of that revolution. With support from America Makes—the first Manufacturing USA® institute founded in 2012, Youngstown State University (YSU) and YBI, these entrepreneurs and their peers are rethinking manufacturing, rethinking career choices, and rethinking the very idea of how we build and revitalize communities like Youngstown.

“The NIST Rethinking Manufacturing video is an exceptional and inspiring work of storytelling,” said America Makes Executive Director John Wilczynski. “It depicts the challenge, transformation, and redemption of a manufacturing city that was part of America’s industrial backbone and the journey of two outstanding young people willing to pursue careers in manufacturing, specifically additive manufacturing, and then stay and make a difference in their hometown. I encourage everyone to attend the Rethinking Manufacturing screening at JuggerBot. This is an important video that should be seen by all in the Youngstown community.

“Moreover, all of us at America Makes are incredibly proud of both Ashley and Zac. They are role models to be emulated within the Youngstown community and we commend them both for their respective contributions to YSU, America Makes, and YBI. Most of all, we wish them continued success.”

Managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes is the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA® network. As a public-private partnership, America Makes currently has a membership community comprised of more than 220 member organizations, bringing together our nation’s brilliant technical minds from all corners of government, industry, and academia to create a hub of advanced manufacturing innovation in AM.

The Rethinking Manufacturing video can also be viewed on the NIST Website at

For more information about America Makes or how to become a member, please visit the America Makes Web site at Follow us on Twitter @AmericaMakes.


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 and follow @AmericaMakes on Twitter.


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 and follow @NCDMMnews on Twitter.

About NIST

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To learn more about NIST, visit

About Manufacturing USA

Manufacturing USA® is a network of 14 manufacturing institutes. Each institute is a unique public-private partnership, jointly funded by government and private industry, focused on a different advanced manufacturing technology area but working toward the same high-level goal: to secure America’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration. Institutes connect member organizations, work on major research and development collaboration projects to solve industry’s toughest challenges, and train people on advanced manufacturing skills. For more information, visit

About the Youngstown Incubator

The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) is an Ohio based technology incubator whose mission is to facilitate the creation of high-value businesses through collaborative partnerships that promote innovative technologies and long-term sustainable employment opportunities, with a focus on Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Women and Minority Owned Enterprises. YBI provides comprehensive, high-quality entrepreneurial services such as facilities, industry resources and equipment, entrepreneurial counseling, and networking opportunities. As part of the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network, YBI’s footprint services Software and Advanced Manufacturing businesses across 21 counties of Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit

About JuggerBot 3D

JuggerBot 3D is an additive manufacturing machine builder whose mission is to design and build the finest 3D printing solutions in the world, while delivering technology that meets our customers’ criteria for performance, reliability and value. Through this we help to ensure the on-going innovation and prosperity of manufacturing around the world. For more information, visit