A view of additive manufacturing machines at the NAMII facility in Youngstown, Ohio. Photo credit: National Additive Manufacturing Institute.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama used the National Additive Manufacturing Institute (NAMII) as a model of the potential for innovation in manufacturing in the U.S. His address made it clear that his Administration is making the revitalization of the manufacturing sector a priority, stating that he plans to make the U.S. "a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing." He laid out a plan for spurring growth in manufacturing in the following statement:
"Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There's no reason this can't happen in other towns. So tonight, I'm announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs."
Edward A. Morris, the newly appointed Director of NAMII, said the organization was "tremendously honored" to be mentioned by the President in his State of the Union address.
"It is rewarding to know that NAMII's efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurialism within the additive manufacturing sector is highly recognized and supported," he said in a statement on NAMII's website. "NAMII is trailblazing the way to ensure that the U.S. manufacturing industry continues to be a dominant, global economic force far into the future."
The President also called on Congress to "create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made in America." He applauded the efforts of the NAMII and announced his plans for three additional manufacturing hubs, "where businesses will partner with the departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs."
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NAMII is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources all collaborating with a singular, shared vision to transition additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing sector. As the pilot institute for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), NAMII is the first of up to 15 NNMI institutes and is based in Youngstown, Ohio. NAMII is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For additional information, visit www.namii.org.
Edward Morris joined the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining as Vice President and NAMII Director in February 2013. As NAMII Director, Mr. Morris is uniquely qualified for and well-suited to grow NAMII into a national center of technical and commercial excellence for additive manufacturing. He has more than 40 years of defense, commercial and international aerospace industry experience with emphasis on program management, engineering, procurement, and manufacturing. Previously Mr. Morris was the Director of Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing on the Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering & Technology team. Mr. Morris has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Cassie Mills is a Communications Associate with BCS, Inc., supporting the Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Louisiana State University and a M.A. in English and Professional Editing from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. She's a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and on the weekends, you can often find her whipping up a batch of jambalaya and cheering on the LSU tigers.