US Government looks to create new Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

The US federal government has issued a solicitation for proposals from teams led by non-profit organizations or universities to establish an Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which would serve as a pilot for their proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).


Deposited layer by layer, metal powder can be used

to create parts of different shapes and sizes.

NIST research projects focus on characterizing

the material properties of the powders used for

additive manufacturing and the resulting products

and improving the performance of additive

manufacturing equipment and processes.

Credit: YoungNIST

According to the Broad Agency Announcement issued by the Department of Defense (DOD), the US government anticipates awarding a total of $30 million over 30 months, with at least an equivalent cost-share contribution by the winning applicant. The pilot institute award and management will be a cross-agency effort, but will primarily be led by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, executed through the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Partnering with the DOD are the Department of Commerce (DOC), the Department of Energy (DOE), NASA and the National Science Foundation. After the awardee is selected, DOC’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will provide an additional $5 million.

Additive manufacturing is a group of technologies that build up objects by adding materials, usually by laying down many thin layers. It is so called to distinguish it from traditional machining that creates objects by cutting material away. The solicitation seeks proposals, including technical and business plans, detailing steps to accelerate research, development, and demonstration in additive manufacturing and transition technology to manufacturing enterprises within the United States.

The detailed solicitation is at number BAA-12-17-PKM at  

The deadline for proposals is June 14, 2012.

Posted by: Paul Whittaker, Editor, [email protected]   

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