Using Digitally Distributed Manufacturing to Address Critical Needs

America Makes has mobilized the additive manufacturing community to work to address the nation’s medical equipment shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Imagine a world in which crisis response is automatic. Where a system exists to “surge” critical supplies into a crisis zone – local, regional, national, or global – regardless of what those supplies are, or who has historically produced them. such is the work in which America Makes – The National Additive manufacturing Innovation Institute- is currently engaged.

America Makes is leading the creation of the “Advanced Manufacturing Crisis Production Response” (AMCPR), a digitally distributed manufacturing platform and network, to address critical needs using additive and other advanced manufacturing (AM) technologies. By revolutionizing the domestic supply chain, and reconsidering the nation’s stockpiling strategy, it aspires to accelerate the manufacture of products and to leave behind an enduring infra- structure to serve in the future. In build- ing this capacity, America Makes is also raising awareness of the ways in which AM can add value at a national scale.

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Source: Advanced Materials & Processes (October 2020 | Vol 178 | NO 7) by ASM International

 

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