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New program supports additive manufacturing in US Army

June 13, 2019

A new program designed to support additive manufacturing (AM) technology insertion into the existing U.S. Army supply chain could also grow the southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturing sector. Catalyst Connection, in partnership with the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and America Makes, launched AMNOW, a potentially multi-phase, multi-year contract funded by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) under the U.S. Army Futures Command. Catalyst Connection President and CEO Petra Mitchell said in a statement that the program “signifies a tremendous regional economic growth opportunity for small-to medium-sized manufactures within the SWPA region.” Catalyst Connection, a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

It is expected that AMNOW will help facilitate the U.S. Army’s on-demand production of materials in support of warfighters and commanders on the battlefield. More information is available here.

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