News Items of Interest

September 21, 2020 - COVID & Additive Manufacturing Certification and Validation:  How has COVID-19 impacted AM?  Lessons Learned and Opportunities Discovered. 

The Additive Manufacturing Coalition held a zoom briefing to discuss how the Additive Manufacturing community has handled the COVID pandemic - impacts on the research and development of AM technologies, as well as experiences stepping forward to fill the gaps for the production of PPE and other necessary items to help the nation respond to the pandemic.  The discussion was a wide-ranging discussion across several federal agencies and organizations.  This five star panel included:

Craig Blue - Director EERE Programs - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Phil Burton - Program Manager Additive Manufacturing TACOM

Joe Kott - Lead - Additive Manufacturing - Ground Vehicle Systems Center TACOM

John Wilczynski - Executive Director- America Makes

Paul Witherell - Life Cycle Engineering Group - NIST

July 13, 2020 - Joint Congressional Briefing on PREP Act Protections for Additive Manufacturers

The Additive Manufacturing Coalition held a joint briefing with the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus on liability protections for additive manufacturers who stepped up to produce PPE for front-line health care workers.  The briefing for Congressional staff was designed to both highlight the manner in which additive manufacturers responded to the pandemic by producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of health care workers during the pandemic, as well as to express the need for liability protections under the PREP Act be applied consistently across the U.S.  

Speakers included:

Heidi Hertel, Founder of Fitz Frames (www.fitzframes.com) spoke about the role her company is playing in providing eye protection during the pandemic.

Shaun Troxler - Associate General Counsel - North Carolina State University - spoke on the efforts at the university to respond to the pandemic as well as the legal considerations and concerns they had and steps they took to protect the institution from future litigation.

Erik Swanholt - Partner Foley and Lardner, LLC - gave a presentation on the PREP Act (Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act) and how the implementation of the Act has created an inconsistent application of the law across the country. 

View the recording of the briefing here:  

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.