US President Obama announced a competition to land three new manufacturing centers, to follow on the success of the first Ohio-based center, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The original intention was to launch some fifteen manufacturing centers, and these three centers bring the USA closer to that goal.
They're actually manufacturing centers, but we strongly suspect they'll be a significant amount of various 3D print gear involved in each.
The centers will not be identical; instead they will each focus on a different manufacturing aspect:
- “Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation” led by the US Department of Defense
- “Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing” also led by the US Department of Defense
- “Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing” led by the US Department of Energy
Each center will work regionally with different related parties to achieve their goal to:
"bridge the gap between basic research and product development, bringing together companies, universities and community colleges, and Federal agencies to co-invest in technology areas that encourage investment and production in the U.S."
Via The White House