NCDMM adds new venture

By The Indiana Gazette

BURRELL TOWNSHIP — What potentially may be a multi-million-dollar program, AMNOW, will support the inclusion of additive manufacturing or 3-D printing technology into the U.S. Army’s supply chain program, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and its partners.

AMNOW was launched by NCDMM, based outside Blairsville, as well as its National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and America Makes entities, and Pittsburgh-based partner Catalyst Connection.

“Logistically, military supply chains are some of the most complex in the world,” NCDMM CEO Ralph Resnick said. “The long-term implications of the AMNOW program for the U.S. Army and its supply chain are substantial.”

The partners said AMNOW may be part of a multi-phase, multi-year contract.

With an initial phase valued at $3.7 million, NCDMM officials said AMNOW is funded by the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center through the Manufacturing Science and Technology Division of a newly formed Army Futures Command.

Catalyst Connection, a private nonprofit organization that provides consulting and training services to small- to medium-sized manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, also is a partner with NCDMM in America Makes, based in Youngstown, Ohio.

“Catalyst Connection has maintained an ongoing strategic partnership with NCDMM since its inception,” CEO Petra Mitchell said. “The AMNOW Program signifies a tremendous regional economic growth opportunity for small- to medium-sized manufactures within the (southwestern Pennsylvania) region.”

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