Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Launch of Nation’s Additive Manufacturing Resources to Address the National Health Crisis and Personal Protective Equipment Shortage | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Launch of Nation’s Additive Manufacturing Resources to Address the National Health Crisis and Personal Protective Equipment Shortage

March 30, 2020
Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio —Congressman Tim Ryan applauds the launch of America Makes’ National Additive Manufacturing Resources to address the national health crisis and personal protective equipment shortage. In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA),the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Designs submitted through the America Makes design submission form in connection with NIH 3D Print Exchange, will be placed in a fast track workflow for faster review. Designs not submitted through the America Makes process may not be considered for the fast track workflow. All designs will be publicly accessible through the NIH 3D Print Exchange website with their designation.

“Our nation has a severe shortage of the personal protective equipment that our first responders and health care workers desperately need to protect themselves and their patients. We need to leverage the full force of American manufacturing to meet this challenge. I applaud America Makes for launching this initiative to plug our nation’s innovators and entrepreneurs into the effort to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Northeast Ohio’s deep history of manufacturing excellence and relentless drive make our community the perfect hub to innovate our way out of this crisis,” said Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13).

“We have seen so much innovation throughout the additive manufacturing industry related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John Wilczynski, Executive Director of America Makes. “The question we’ve repeatedly been asked is 'are these products safe and reliable in a health care setting?' The design portion of the repository seeks to put clarity around that question for both manufacturers and providers. We believe it is a critical part to allowing the additive industry to effectively meet the needs of front-line health care workers.”

As the Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute for additive manufacturing, America Makes’ mission is to drive collaboration in our industry to meet the needs of the US government and manufacturing base. This mission could not be clearer today with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and pending supply shortages throughout the US. We believe this repository will play a critical role in meeting the needs of frontline health care workers now and preparing the U.S. for crisis situations in the future.

Youngstown, Ohio is the premier innovation hub in the country and home to America Makes. In 2012, Congressman Ryan secured an $85 million public-private partnership investment to create the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which is now known as America Makes, which helps accelerate and innovate additive manufacturing and 3-D printing to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.

Visit more information about America Makes' Response to COVID-19.

About America Makes:

Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Comprised of member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, the America Makes membership community is working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. America Makes is the first of eight Manufacturing Innovation Institutes established and managed by the U.S. Department of Defense as public-private partnerships. America Makes is also a member of the Manufacturing USA®network, which seeks to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing.