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NewsDesk: NAMII Rebrands as 'America Makes'

“America Makes” is the new name for The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

The change, announced in a members-only meeting in Youngstown, OH, where the Institute is based, is intended to “kick start a unified, US-based additive manufacturing and 3D printing movement,” according to a press release.

“America Makes is a vehicle for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute to raise our profile, reach a wider audience to include the hobbyist and the entrepreneur, and ultimately, provide a richer member experience,” said Ralph Resnick, Founding Director of the Institute and NCDMM President and Executive. “America Makes sets the stage for us to realize our mission of reinvigorating the US manufacturing industry and jobs market by serving a strong message. America Makes is our call to action. America Makes challenges the perception of manufacturing. America Makes is a far-reaching movement that goes beyond the walls of industry and into the homes of individuals. This is how we will become competitive. This is how we grow our nation’s economy and get ahead. This is how we lead. When America makes, America works!”

For the Institute, which recently marked its first anniversary of award in August, the timing for a rebranding was not just ideal, but necessary. Leadership had begun to feel that the Institute’s identity was limited by its five-letter acronym, one that did not fully or aptly convey the intent, the depth, or mission of the organization.

The announcement was the accumulation of months of research and brainstorming among the Institute and its strategic partners to evolve the Institute in representing and unifying the entire additive manufacturing and 3D printing community under America Makes. With America Makes, the Institute has a name and a concept that are so much more effective in communicating its purpose and ambition.

Joining Mr. Resnick (right) in making the announcement of 'America Makes' was 3D printing visionary, Bre Pettis (left),CEO of MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing.

“With America Makes, the goal of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is to broaden our voice to be more indicative and inclusive of all of the innovative people in our country—whether they are hobbyists or entrepreneurs or they work in industry, academia, and government,” said Ed Morris, director. “In creating a movement in America Makes beyond a traditional organizational structure, it further unites us as a community and ensures our collective success in both advancing and accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies and increasing our nation’s global economic competitiveness.”

Added Mr. Resnick, “Our mission has not changed; it has just been clarified.”

Among those on hand to support the rebranding was Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot since the company’s beginning in 2009. MakerBot completed a merger in August 2013 with Stratasys, one of the leading players in industrial additive manufacturing in the world, and an American Makes member.

“The importance of encouraging American-made manufacturing is crucial to the economic success of our country,” Pettis said. “We see 3D printing as a large component of that success, allowing for faster and more productive cycles of innovation and iteration. America Makes is helping US-based companies and entrepreneurs with further understanding and adoption of the tools that are available to them. I’m proud to be part of this pivotal time in US-based manufacturing.”

More about America Makes can be found at ME

Growth in Manufacturing Continues Gaining Strength

Economic activity in the US manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, according to the Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.

The PMI registered 56.4%, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from September’s reading of 56.2%. Readings below 50 indicate contraction, while those above 50 indicate expansion.

The PMI has increased progressively each month since June, with October’s reading reflecting the highest PMI in 2013.

In all, nine of the 10 indices tracked as part of the Manufacturing ISM Report on Business showed growth in October. That included: New Orders (60.6%), Production (60.8%), Employment (53.2%), Supplier Deliveries (54.7%), Prices (55.5%), Backlog of Orders (51.5%), Exports (57%), and Imports (55.5%). The only index showing contraction was Customers’ Inventories (47%).

Source: Institute for Supply Management

Of the 18 manufacturing industries tracked, all but four reported growth. Bradley J. Holcomb, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, reported that the panel’s comments “are generally positive about the current business climate; however, there are mixed responses on whether the government shutdown and potential default have had any effect on October’s results.”

More details at ME

More Data Supports Claims of Workforce Shortage

The Society for Human Resources Management (Alexandria, VA) on Oct. 22 reported that it is growing more challenging to recruit employees to specific manufacturing jobs.

SHRM’s survey of 3400 randomly selected members in eight industries, found that 66% of all organizations are experiencing difficulty recruiting for specific job openings, compared to 52% the prior year. But the problem was most severe in the high-tech, manufacturing, construction, mining, and oil and gas industries.

In manufacturing, it found that 79% of organizations currently hiring full-time staff indicated recruitment difficulties, an increase from 68% the prior year. It also found that hiring veterans is becoming more popular, with 60% of manufacturing organizations reporting that they hired a US veteran, an increase from 44% the prior year. Across industries, the top challenges cited in finding qualified personnel included proficiency in reading, understanding and writing in English, as well as mathematics. ME

Openings & Expansions

Wynright Corp. (Elk Grove Village, IL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daifuku Webb and a US-based provider of intelligent material handling systems, on Oct. 16 announced the opening of a new office in the Grand Rapids, MI, area. The office will expand Wynright’s solution-based engineering and product design capabilities, particularly in goods-to-person automation, as well as provide local sales and support to the company’s growing list of retail and other clients.

Methods Machine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, MA), a supplier of innovative precision machine tools, automation and accessories, plans to open a new, expanded technology center in Anaheim, CA, in early 2014. The new Southern California Technology Center will be approximately 12,000 ft² (1115 m²) and will replace Methods’ previous center in Buena Park, CA. Steve Raucci, who has been Western Regional Manager for Methods Machine Tools since 2004, will be general manager of the new facility, which will include a spacious showroom and classroom.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Astronics Corp. (East Aurora, NY), a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced Nov. 4 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire PGA Electronic, based in France, for approximately $28.5 million. The purchase price will be paid 60% in cash and 40% in Astronics stock. PGA Electronic, established in 1989, designs and manufactures seat motion and lighting systems primarily for business and first-class aircraft seats. It is Europe’s leading provider of in-flight entertainment/communication systems.


Courtney Hill, President, CJ Hill Consulting Services and retired General Manager, Manufacturing & Quality at GE Aviation, will become President and Chairman of the Board at the MTConnect Institute (McLean, VA). The Institute is the developer and administrator of MTConnect, the open-source standard for communication and interconnectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices. Hill replaces David A. Edstrom, CEO/CTO Virtual Photons Electrons, LLC, who has completed his term and is leaving the management team to pursue development of MTConnect-related products and services in the private sector, as well as supporting AMT’s MTInsight business intelligence platform and other projects.  Hill and a new leadership team are slated to assume their positions at the Annual Meeting of the MTConnect Institute Board of Directors on Dec. 11.


The 2014 SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Tradeshow & Conference, which is produced by the National Association for Surface Finishing (Washington, DC), will take place from June 9–11 at the new Cleveland (OH) Convention Center. The Call for Abstracts is now open. Submissions are due by Jan. 15. More information at


Seco Tools (Troy, MI) has been named 2013 Supplier of the Year for Marketing Excellence by the Affiliated Distributors’ Industrial Supply Division. Affiliated Distributors is North America's largest independent distributor network. The award was part of of Affiliated Distributors’ annual Spirit of Independence Award Ceremony.

Workforce Development

Hurco Companies Inc. (Indianapolis) and the Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis celebrated Manufacturing Day in October with the grand opening of the Hurco CNC Technology Center at Lincoln Tech. The 5000-ft² (465-m²) CNC machining center is equipped with 10 new Hurco CNC machining and turning centers. The event was attended by students, educators and various business and political leaders. Brian Burton, vice president of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, underscored the importance of the event by noting that one in five Indiana residents are employed in the manufacturing sector, and it makes up one-third of the state’s economy.

NewsDesk is edited by Editor-in-Chief Sarah A. Webster. Please email NewsDesk submissions to


This article was first published in the December 2013 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.  Click here for PDF

Published Date : 12/1/2013

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