News Items of Interest
August 18, 2022
Youngstown, Ohio. America Makes and The Additive Manufacturing Coalition (AM Coalition) are
pleased to announce a Strategic Collaborative Partnership at the annual America Makes
Members Meeting and Exchange (MMX).
The purpose of this Collaborative Partnership is to help coordinate the information and outreach
activities to policy makers in Congress and the Federal Agencies to advance the industry. While
both organizations will continue to conduct independent outreach and advocacy activities, the
partnership will ensure that both organizations collaborate to advance the adoption of Additive
Manufacturing throughout the commercial and governmental sectors.
America Makes will actively support and sponsor a number of AM Coalition educational forums
and other events. The AM Coalition will coordinate with America Makes to develop
communication strategies and policies to facilitate greater understanding about the benefits and
opportunities of additive manufacturing both in commercial and governmental applications.
This partnership will work to increase utilization of Additive Manufacturing to maximize the
economic and national security benefits for the nation, and raise the level of knowledge of AM
technology, applications, and readiness to broadly service industrial supply chains.
Additionally, the partnership will share the most up-to-date information with decisionmakers and
policymakers to create a shared understanding allowing the additive manufacturing industry to
take action towards a more resilient and responsive U.S. economy.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Additive Manufacturing Coalition
August 15, 2022
The Additive Manufacturing Coalition Announces SLM Solutions as New Member of the Coalition
New member SLM to help drive Federal vision for additive manufacturing.
Washington, District of Columbia.
The Additive Manufacturing Coalition announced today that SLM Solutions is joining the Coalition as a Member.
SLM Solutions, with U.S. Headquarters located in Wixom, Michigan, is the inventor of the selective laser melting process. SLM is a global provider of integrated metal additive manufacturing solutions. Leading the industry since its inception, it continues to drive the future of metal AM in every major industry including aerospace, aviation, defense, automotive, energy, and health sciences. The company focuses on the development and distribution of the most innovative, production-oriented metal additive manufacturing systems with an install base of roughly 750 systems globally. SLM Solutions is home to the world’s fastest metal additive manufacturing machines, boasting up to 12 lasers and enabling build rates up to 1000ccm/h.
“This key partnership reinforces our commitment to supporting our US customers by aligning with this powerful association to help influence American public policy to accelerate the adoption of AM.” Says, Charlie Grace, Chief Commercial Officer at SLM Solutions.
SLM Solutions believes that additive manufacturing is the future of manufacturing and has the desire to bridge the gap to accelerate innovation through their end-to-end production solutions without limitations.
“Having SLM Solutions as a member brings a new voice to our Coalition when we’re speaking to decisionmakers in Washington, DC about additive manufacturing. As the company which invented the selective laser melting process and how that process is expanding the possibilities for AM [additive manufacturing], SLM Solutions helps to define the possibilities for AM now and into the future”, said David Cherington, Executive Director of the Additive Manufacturing Coalition.
The Additive Manufacturing Coalition is the national membership organization recognized as the voice for additive manufacturing with decision-makers and stakeholders, including Federal agencies and Congress. The AM Coalition is committed to supporting Members before the Federal government and navigating complex legislative challenges to advance the industry. The nonprofit AM Coalition advocates for thoughtful policies and strong funding for research and development. Ensure that your voice is heard and become engaged with the national community, the AM Coalition is open to all organizations. For additional information about the AM Coalition, see https://www.addmfgcoalition.org/
AM Coalition Statement on AM Forward Initiative
The Additive Manufacturing Coalition strongly supports the Biden Administration's investment in additive manufacturing through the AM Forward Initiative.
Additive Manufacturing is a key solution to the supply chain challenges the nation has experienced over the last two years, but even more than that, it is a path to creating new capabilities that aren't possible through traditional manufacturing.
We applaud the AM Forward initiative to expand the use of Additive Manufacturing, and we call on Congress to support the additive manufacturers in their deliberations on the Bipartisan Innovation Act.
The Additive Manufacturing Coalition looks forward to the continued engagement with Congress and the Administration to see these types of programs move forward with bipartisan support.
White House Fact Sheet on the
AM Forward Initiative
White House Members-Only Briefing
The AM Coalition hosted its first members-only round table session on Wednesday, April 6th. The participants heard from Dr. Elisabeth Reynolds, the Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing, who serves on the National Economic Council at the White House. Dr. Reynolds spoke about the Biden Administration's approaches to Additive Manufacturing.
Future sessions will be held approximately every quarter with members hearing directly from policy makers and giving members the opportunity to share their own questions and concerns.
Dr. Reynolds' Slides
Additive Manufacturing Coalition Submits Letter to Congress regarding COMPETES Act Conference
Listen to Mark Burnham, AM Coalition Director of Policy, talk about working with Congress on the TechSHIFT podcast by Phillips Federal
Additive Manufacturing Coalition Director of Outreach Lisa Arafune Speaks at Women in 3d Printing TIPE 2022 Conference
Advocating for Additive: What Does Congress Have to Do with It?
AM Advocate - Workforce Development Proposal
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...
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.
Lisa Arafune Mark Burnham L. David Cherington
Director of Outreach Director of Policy Executive Director
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.