United States Secretary of Commerce Announces $1.4 Million NIST Grant for America Makes

July 02, 2020 | Categories: America Makes News

US Secretary of Commerce at America Makes

The National Institute of Standards and Technology grant will help continue the work being done to produce safe and effective 3D printed PPE

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — July 2, 2020. America Makes was pleased to receive a $1.4 million grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) yesterday, announced by United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross during a press conference at the America Makes facility in Youngstown.  The grant will help America Makes continue their work to address personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to work with small and medium sized manufacturers to help make them better positioned for the on-going crisis and future ones.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen additive manufacturers (AM) across the country respond to deliver safe and effective PPE, showing how AM can be the solution to help solve critical supply chain gaps,” said America Makes Executive Director John Wilczynski. “We are extremely honored to receive the NIST grant to continue this important work.”

Since March, America Makes has worked alongside the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to coordinate guidance for the AM community and provide a vehicle to download reviewed 3D print PPE designs. To date the effort has had the following results:

  • 31 designs have been optimized for clinical use; 28 designs have been optimized for community
  • 499,166 units of AM products have been matched, including 229,995 non-N95 masks and 272,607 face shields
  • Over 95,743 file downloads, and over 1,112,651 views on the NIH 3D Print Exchange

“Thank you for your swift action in rebuilding our medical and protective equipment supply chains as a result of the COVID-19 emergency,” stated Secretary Ross during his remarks. “You teamed up with the VA, FDA, and NIH to optimize 31 PPE designs for clinical use, including 28 for production by the additive manufacturing community. This was no small feat, and I congratulate each of you for what you have accomplished here in Youngstown, and across the Manufacturing USA network.”

The announcement followed an earlier tour of America Makes and the Youngstown Business Incubator facilities to highlight the regional AM ecosystem. The Secretary’s visit also included a business roundtable at the America Makes facility hosted by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce.


About America Makes

Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Comprised of member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, the America Makes membership community is working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. America Makes is the first of eight Manufacturing Innovation Institutes established and program managed by the U.S. Department of Defense as public-private partnerships. America Makes is also a member of the Manufacturing USA® network, which seeks to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing. 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.