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.

Jan. 12, 2017

DoD Announces Award of New Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Today, the Department of Defense awarded the 14th Manufacturing USA institute – the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub – to American Robotics, Inc. The eighth DoD-led institute, the ARM Institute joins the Manufacturing USA network in its collective effort to help revitalize American manufacturing and incentivize companies to invest in new technology development in the United States.

Dec. 21, 2016

DoD Announces Award of New Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Manchester, New Hampshire

Expanding efforts focused on strengthening US-based manufacturing, the Department of Defense announced the award of a new public-private Manufacturing USA institute to Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) today. This new institute will be the 12th Manufacturing USA institute established, with the Department of Defense now leading seven of the 12.

Nov. 1, 2016

Defense Production Act Title III Office Lays Wreath at Arlington

The DPA Title III team came together on a beautiful fall afternoon to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of the American service member. This act of remembrance helped put the work of the DPA Title III office, and the Department of Defense at-large, into perspective.

July 7, 2016

Proposers' Day

On Friday, June 17 and Thursday, June 23, the Government held Proposers’ Days for the next Manufacturing Innovation Institute, focused on accelerating innovation by investing in industrially relevant manufacturing technologies with applications in the Tissue Biofabrication Ecosystem.