News Items of Interest

News Article - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

February 26, 2021

Additive Manufacturing Coalition Neighborhood 91 Forum Featured

Wabtec ready to move into airport's new Neighborhood 91 manufacturing hub

Neighborhood 91 is getting its first resident.  Wabtec Corp. is set to move next month into the hub for additive manufacturing being developed at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The North Shore-based rail technology company will be taking more than 11,000 square feet of space in a 45,000-square-foot building that is being erected by the Buncher Company.

Wabtec will be the first manufacturing anchor on the 195-acre campus, located just west of the Findlay airport’s midfield terminal.

The move-in date was disclosed Thursday during a panel discussion on Neighborhood 91 sponsored by the Additive Manufacturing Coalition...

News Article - 3D Print.com

Michigan Rep. Haley Stevens Discusses Directs Congressional Efforts to 3D Printing Jobs

The Additive Manufacturing Coalition hosted a live forum with Congresswoman Haley Stevens to discuss what the industry can expect from the 117th Congress, which convened for the first time in Washington D.C. on January 3, 2021. The Michigan Democratic Representative is currently focusing on a recovery scheme for the manufacturing industry and looking forward to champion initiatives that will help the 3D printing sector succeed...

 

Full Story:

https://3dprint.com/278373/michigan-rep-haley-stevens-discusses-directs-congressional-efforts-to-3d-printing-jobs/

Additive Manufacturing Coalition

2020 Year in Review

 

 

Dear Additive Manufacturers,

 

Sending a big, big thank you for your interest and support!

 

As this extraordinary year comes to a close, we’ve paused to take stock of our extraordinary accomplishments in 2020.  We’ve been busy with 4 online webinars and meetings, legislative provisions protecting additive manufacturers, and official incorporation!  This work would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of the additive manufacturing community. 

We began the year working to organize the coalition, attending meetings, and getting to know people in the community.  As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, all things interactive slowed down.  Quickly recognizing that there was a need to disseminate information about the federal CARES Act legislation and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), we launched our first online briefing.  The first briefing focused on how small businesses could access the PPP program, and the second briefing presented a representative of the Small Business Administration who helped small businesses learn how to file for benefits under the CARES Act and answered questions from our audience.

 

Those discussions and requests from the community led to the AM Coalition’s next online briefing – which was a discussion of how the Additive Manufacturing Community responded to the call for emergency assistance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ventilators, and other life-saving devices.  We identified a potential liability exposure for companies who stepped outside of their normal business lines to produce PPE and other urgently needed items.  This exposure was caused by the manner in which the federal government had implemented the PREP Act.  The PREP Act was passed years ago by Congress to enable a swift response to a crisis, a part of which was the ability of the government to provide established liability protections for companies and individuals who step forward to help.  Unfortunately, because the federal implementation relied on each jurisdiction having a properly worded emergency declaration (which some states never did), the protections provided by the PREP act vary by jurisdiction.  Making matters worse, it didn’t matter where the company was located, but where the items ended up that controlled the liability exposures.  As a result of our briefing with Congressional staff, there has been a provision included in multiple Covid-19 relief bills.  The AM Coalition will continue to monitor this provision and seek to ensure it is included in an enacted bill

 

Our final briefing of the year was with leaders of additive manufacturing federal programs, including  representatives from the National Institute of Science and Technology (U.S. Department of Commerce) NIST, TACOM (U.S. Army), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and America Makes. Each gave updates on their programs and the extent to which the pandemic had modified their program goals and achievements for the year.  It was a robust discussion with extensive information about where things are headed.  A video of this final meeting and the legal liability session are available on our website at: www.addmfgcoalition.org.

 

Finally, the Additive Manufacturing Coalition completed the process of incorporating and is presently in the process to become a 501c(6) Trade Association.  While the process with the IRS can take six months, we are now authorized to accept our founding members.  We look forward to 2021, working with the new Biden Administration and the 117th Congress.  We hope that you will join us as we work to represent the entire Additive Manufacturing Community in Washington, D.C. 

 

Thank you to the entire additive manufacturing community for your support and enthusiasm.

 

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy, and productive 2021.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Arafune                               Mark Burnham                                      L. David Cherington

Director of Outreach                 Director of Policy                                   Executive Director

lisa@addmfgcoalition.org        mark@addmfgcoalition.org                 david@addmfgcoalition.org

April 29, 2020 - Small Business Administration Briefing on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) for the Additive Manufacturing Coalition

On Wednesday, April 29th, Thomas Scith, SBA Deputy Director for North Carolina gave a briefing on the PPP program for members of the Additive Manufacturing Coalition.  The session included extensive Q & A regarding the process for applying and utilizing the PPP loan program in response to the COVID -19 pandemic.

 

 

  

April 3, 2020 - Additive Manufacturing Coalition: LIVE Virtual Conference on CARES Act - Understanding the Small Business Provisions of the Stimulus Bill

On April 3rd, the Additive Manufacturing hosted its first formal briefing on the small business provisions of the CARES Act.  This was our first opportunity to share our knowledge with members of the Additive Manufacturing Coalition regarding important news from Congress.  While not specifically related to additive manufacturing, we felt it was appropriate to accelerate our formal engagement with the community to address an important item of need.  The hour-long session included a detailed discussion of the CARES Act, including the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the call for the creation of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to support first responders.

October 23. 2019  Additive Manufacturing Coalition Team attend MMX

The Additive Manufacturing Coalition Team attended America Makes' Members Meeting and Exchange in Youngstown, OH October 21-23. MMX was well attended and we had numerous discussions with practitioners researchers and federal officials about the goals of the Coalition.