Manufacturing USA

Fourteen different manufacturing innovation institutes across the nation comprise Manufacturing USA. These institutes are public-private partnerships that each have distinct technology focus areas but work towards a common goal: To accelerate U.S. advanced manufacturing as a whole and secure America’s future through manufacturing innovation, education and collaboration.

As nodes in the network, Manufacturing USA institutes complement each other’s capabilities and benefit from shared approaches to matters such as intellectual property, contract research and performance metrics. Each provides shared facilities to local start-ups and small manufacturers to help them scale up new technologies, accelerate technology transfer to the marketplace, and facilitate the adoption of innovation workforce skills. The network is designed to foster innovation and deliver new capabilities that can stimulate the manufacturing sector on a large scale.

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)—a national network of hundreds of organizations like the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the other MEP centers in all 50 states—is playing a role in moving the institute’s newly developed technologies into the small companies that comprise the bulk of the U.S. manufacturing base.

MEET OUR Institute PARTNERS

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LIFT (Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow)
Detroit, MI
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has developed core technology capabilities in support of LIFT. LIFT is working to develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies including aluminum, magnesium, titanium and advanced high-strength steel alloys. An equally important mission is to facilitate the training of the workers who will use these new processes in factories and maintenance across the nation.

   
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AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America)
Cambridge, MA
AFFOA is working to enable a manufacturing-based revolution by transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly
sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems. 

   
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AIM Photonics (American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics)
Rochester, NY
AIM Photonics is working to accelerate the transition of integrated photonic solutions from innovation to manufacturing-ready deployment in systems spanning commercial and defense applications.

   
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America Makes
Youngstown, OH
America Makes is a national accelerator and the nation's leading collaborative partner for technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

   
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ARM (Advanced Robotics Manufacturing)
Pittsburgh, PA
ARM’s mission is to create and then deploy robotic technology by integrating diverse industry practices and institutional knowledge across many disciplines – sensor technologies, end-effector development, software and artificial intelligence, materials science, human and machine behavior modeling, and quality assurance.

   
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ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute)
Manchester, NH
ARMI integrates innovative cell and tissue cultures with advances in biofabrication, automation, robotics, and analytical technologies to create disruptive research and development tools and FDA-compliant volume manufacturing processes.

   
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CESMII (Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute)
Los Angeles, CA
Smart Manufacturing works to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

   
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DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute)
Chicago, IL
DMDII encourages factories across the United States to deploy digital manufacturing and design technologies, so those factories can become more efficient and cost-competitive.

   
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IACMI (Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation)
Knoxville, TN
IACMI is committed to accelerating development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing of advanced polymer composites for vehicles, wind turbines, and compressed gas storage.

   
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NextFlex
San Jose, CA
NextFlex takes key steps toward furthering U.S. development and adoption of the flexible hybrid electronics that will revolutionize the way we live, work and play.

   
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NIIMBL (National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals)
Newark, DE
NIIMBL is working to enable more efficient and flexible manufacturing capabilities for existing and emerging biopharmaceutical products, and develop a world-leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce.

   
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Power America
Raleigh, NC
PowerAmerica is accelerating the adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide and gallium nitride into a wide range of products and systems.

   
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RAPID (Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute)
New York, NY
The RAPID Institute convenes companies, universities, industrial research organizations and national laboratories to focus on new technologies that maximize processes at the molecular level to save energy with every chemical reaction—adding up to big savings on the manufacturing floor. 

   
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REMADE (Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions)
Rochester, NY
The REMADE Institute focuses on driving down the cost of technologies essential to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste.

 

The Center is Here to Help You!

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has assembled a team of leading experts in Joining, Metallurgy, Castings and Coatings to assist small to mid-size manufacturers across the United States in engineering design and material selection and to assist in the adoption in new lightweight technologies.  In addition, the Center operates a Technical Help Desk and administers a library of technological journals, periodicals and other authoritative content.