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May 25, 2017

The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA Institute Opens the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

DoD Manufacturing USA institutes increase American competitiveness in advanced manufacturing by facilitating technology transfer and training the manufacturing workforce. In fulfillment of that goal, on May 25, 2017, the State of Massachusetts announced a $2.2 million grant to MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory to support the opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center. The Defense Fabric Discover Center is a partnership between the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA institute, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). 

 

July 28, 2017

President Trump Expresses Support for BioFabUSA Manufacturing USA Institute

On July 28, 2017, President Donald Trump conveyed his congratulations to the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) for their Official Grand Opening of the BioFabUSA Manufacturing USA Institute in Manchester, NH.  In a letter, President Trump recognizes ARMI for their efforts to “improve advanced manufacturing in the United States” by connecting the “country’s greatest minds with cutting edge technologies.”  As the letter states, “Together with existing initiatives in government and the private sector, this institute will lead to life-saving next-generation solutions to some of our greatest medical challenges.”  With continued support from all levels of the government and industry, BioFabUSA and the other Manufacturing USA institute will continue to “turn groundbreaking ideas into revolutionary new products.”  

July 28, 2017

Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute’s (ARMI) Hosts the Official Grand Opening of BioFabUSA

On July 28, 2017, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) hosted the official grand opening of the BioFabUSA Manufacturing USA institute in Manchester, NH.  The event brought together over 400 attendees, from federal leaders to potential members from industry and academia, to celebrate the opening of the institute’s new facilities in the Manchester Millyard.  BioFabUSA, a public-private partnership focused on manufacturing the future of biofabrication, was announced in December 2017 as the seventh Department of Defense led Manufacturing USA institute and twelfth overall.  The grand opening marks a major milestone for BioFabUSA as they progress in their mission to catalyze the U.S. research and commercial ecosystems to bring forward tissue fabrication manufacturing technology.

July 7, 2017

President Signs Determination Authorizing New DPA Title III Projects

On June 13, 2017, the President authorized the use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authority to address critical industrial base shortfalls related to four important technological capabilities in the fields of medicine, soldier protection, trade facilitation, and information security.

July 5, 2017

Critical Space Investments Authorized By the President Utilizing DPA Title III Authority

Since the United States began launching satellites and unmanned spacecraft outside of Earth’s atmosphere, national security has driven pioneering technologies. On June 13, 2017, the President authorized the use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III authority to address critical industrial base shortfalls related to the space industrial base.

June 21, 2017

Opportunity to Advance New Concepts at Department of Defense Hackathon for Emergency Response with Functional Fabrics

MD5, the National Security Technology Accelerator, is hosting its next Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA July 28-30. The event leverages emerging fabric technology to create new solutions for emergency response, bringing together practitioners, technologists and military staff to build product prototypes over 54 hours.

June 16, 2017

Creating an Additive Manufacturing Workforce with Military Veterans

America Makes, the Department of Defense’s Manufacturing USA institute for additive manufacturing, in partnership with 3D Veterans, received a Google.org grant to expand its Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp for veterans.  With assistance from General Electric’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement (GE CATA) and Robert Morris University, this summer’s program will expand to include Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 

May 31, 2017

The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA Institute Opens a Fabric Discovery Center at UMass Lowell

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA institute, in collaboration with NextFlex – the Manufacturing USA institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics – announced their partnership with University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell to open a Fabric Discover Center focused on innovation in advanced manufacturing. Located in a growing regional center for the textile industry, the UMass Lowell Fabric Discover Center will promote new advancements in textile manufacturing and job growth in the Northeast and across the nation.

May 25, 2017

The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA Institute Opens the Defense Fabric Discovery Center

DoD Manufacturing USA institutes increase American competitiveness in advanced manufacturing by facilitating technology transfer and training the manufacturing workforce. In fulfillment of that goal, on May 25, 2017, the State of Massachusetts announced a $2.2 million grant to MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory to support the opening of the Defense Fabric Discovery Center. The Defense Fabric Discover Center is a partnership between the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Manufacturing USA institute, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC).

Jan. 30, 2017

Study Finds Manufacturing USA Spurs R&D Innovation

Created in 2012, fourteen Manufacturing USA institutes exist across the country, focused on increasing American competitiveness in advanced manufacturing and including over 1000 members from industry, academia, national laboratories, state and local governments, and the federal government. Over $1B of federal funding and $2B of non-federal funding supports the institutes in their attempts to advance manufacturing technology and innovation in the U.S. After five years, a recent assessment by a third party found “that Manufacturing USA is a valid approach grounded in a portfolio of technology-centric Institutes.”

Jan. 13, 2017

OUSD AT&L Hosts Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute Hub Announcement

On January 13, 2017, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Mr Frank Kendall, recalled to his audience in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes a radio report he’d heard recently about pilots, in which a career pilot spoke about the best qualities in truly good pilots. “If you get in trouble in your airplane,” Kendall quoted, “real pilots keep flying until the last second.” In keeping with this philosophy of perpetual grit, Under Secretary Kendall announced only a week prior to his departure from public office that the Department of Defense’s 8th Manufacturing USA institute, The Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub, would be awarded to American Robotics, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based public-private partnership led by Carnegie Mellon University.