Ralph Resnick, President and Executive Director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM), America Makes
Petra Mitchell, President and CEO, Catalyst Connection
As the national accelerator for Additive Manufacturing (AM), America Makes works with industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, workforce and economic development organizations to innovate and accelerate AM to increase the nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Beginning in 2017, four Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers will work with America Makes to accelerate the transition of AM awareness, knowledge and technology to advance TechBelt manufacturers as well as value chains of suppliers. Together, we will build an AM Ecosystem that harnesses and maximizes the benefits of the rapidly evolving technological landscape. Ultimately, this model will allow us to successfully transition new technologies from America Makes, and other National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, through MEP Centers to regional manufacturers, thus rapidly introducing advanced technologies across the U.S.