Advanced Manufacturing vs. COVID-19

Immediately recognizing that advanced manufacturing can contribute to solutions for the pandemic, in March 2020 America Makes developed a plan to team up with the FDA, NIH, and VA and leverage additive manufacturing to fight COVID-19.  Other institutes followed with their own projects supporting the nation. 

In addition, NIST awarded $12.3 million in grants to five Manufacturing USA institutes to support high-impact projects for pandemic response, with funding authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by the President.

The opportunities extended by the institutes brought together government entities and the private sector to rapidly develop innovative projects that contributed to our nation’s COVID-19 response efforts. These projects:

  • Expanded the production of needed medical countermeasures
  • Provided workforce training that responded to changing conditions
  • Increased testing capacity to track workplace infections
  • Helped manufacturers prepare for the future in the face of shifting economic realities

Along with these CARES-funded projects, Manufacturing USA, the manufacturing innovation institutes and the federal agencies that sponsor them — the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy — as well as six additional partner agencies, have committed resources and facilitated coordination among institute members and communities to quickly pivot and augment their programmatic efforts in response to the pandemic crisis.

Here are some highlights from these advanced manufacturing efforts aimed at aiding the United States in its fight against COVID-19.

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Go to Advanced Manufacturing Certification Program Offered to Detroit, Pittsburgh Small Businesses Recovering from Pandemic

Advanced Manufacturing Certification Program Offered to Detroit, Pittsburgh Small Businesses Recovering from Pandemic

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LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute and part of the Manufacturing USA network, today opened its “Operation Next” advanced manufacturing... Read More
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Go to MxD Awarded $15M to Boost U.S. Manufacturing’s COVID Response

MxD Awarded $15M to Boost U.S. Manufacturing’s COVID Response

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MxD has been awarded $15 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to address critical public health and infrastructure... Read More
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Go to ARM Institute Announces Selection of New Robotics Technology Projects

ARM Institute Announces Selection of New Robotics Technology Projects

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The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute is proud to announce the selection of eight new robotics technology projects aligned with ARM’s mission to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and... Read More
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NextFlex Kicks Off Fall 2020 Virtual FlexFactor® Program

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NextFlex are delighted to be starting their fifth year of FlexFactor in Santa Clara County, Calif., utilizing a virtual platform that continues to provide students with an engagement in education and... Read More
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IACMI Supports Production of 50,000 Face Shields for University of Tennessee Students, Faculty and Staff

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When students, faculty and staff returned to the University of Tennessee (UT) campus in Knoxville for the beginning of the fall semester in August as many as 50,000 uniquely designed protective face... Read More
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AFFOA Recent COVID-19 News and Updates

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On March 17th, AFFOA issued a “Call to Action” to its membership seeking to activate a rapid response to produce and distribute N95 respirators and surgical facemasks to hospitals and other healthcare... Read More
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America Makes, FDA, NIH, and VA Fighting COVID-19 with 3D Printing

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Our online repository is collecting submissions from health care providers in need of medical PPE, manufacturers with 3D printing capabilities, and designers willing to share 3D print designs. We are... Read More
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Go to ARM Institute Announces New Projects Focused on COVID-19 Recovery

ARM Institute Announces New Projects Focused on COVID-19 Recovery

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The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute is pleased to announce the selection of nine technical projects that will be led by members of its national consortium to help with COVID-19... Read More
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Insights on the 1st-Order Challenges and 2nd & 3rd-Order Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

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It’s safe to say that most, if not all of us, have had our lives significantly disrupted in the last couple of months. As the pandemic ‘rules of engagement’ loosen, and economies begin to restart, I... Read More
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Restarting Your Factory Post COVID-19

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With most states relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, factories around the U.S. are coming back online. But there are challenges when restarting manufacturing facilities that have been shut down for months... Read More
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MxD Leverages In-House Capabilities for a Safe Office Return

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This week, additional members of the MxD team head into the office as we prepare to safely welcome more partners and guests during Phase 4 of Restore Illinois. Our building operations, events, and... Read More
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Commerce Funds Manufacturing USA Pandemic Response Projects

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $3.4 million in grants to support high-impact projects for COVID-19 pandemic response, with funding... Read More
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The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for manufacturers. As lockdown orders took hold across the country, many factories scaled back or closed, leaving workers unable to return to their jobs.

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LIFT opened its Operation Next advanced manufacturing certification program to employees of Detroit-area small and medium-sized manufacturers to help them recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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America Makes has received a $1.4 million grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), announced by United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross during a press conference at the America Makes facility in Youngstown, Ohio. The grant will help America Makes continue work to address...