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.

 

IndustryWeek COVID-19 MFG USA
Additive Manufacturing, Biomanufacturing, COVID-19, Digital Manufacturing
The COVID-19 pandemic created a ripple effect for U.S. manufacturers that revealed not only a lack of redundancy in the supply chain but also a lack of transparency. As the pandemic took hold, worldwide demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) dramatically increased and many material and product costs skyrocketed. It quickly became apparent...

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Go to New National Technology Roadmap for Pandemic Response and Recovery

New National Technology Roadmap for Pandemic Response and Recovery

| BioFabUSA
The manufacturing sector is at the center of a stronger, faster, and more coordinated U.S. response to COVID-19 and future pandemics. The National Technology Roadmap for Pandemic Response and Recovery... Read More
National Technology Roadmap for Pandemic
Go to Manufacturing USA Rapid Response to COVID-19 Report

Manufacturing USA Rapid Response to COVID-19 Report

| AFFOA
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we live and work. This newly released special report highlights how 9 institutes in the Manufacturing USA network worked with 91+ partners across 24 states and... Read More
MFG USA Rapid Response to COVD-19 Cover
Go to Manufacturing USA Releases Highlights Report

Manufacturing USA Releases Highlights Report

| AFFOA
Highlighting Manufacturing Innovation, Collaboration, and Education This comprehensive report highlights the manufacturing technology and workforce development innovations underway at the... Read More
MFG USA Highlights Report Cover
Go to ARM Institute Announces Robotic COVID-19 Testing Developed by Member Wilder Systems

ARM Institute Announces Robotic COVID-19 Testing Developed by Member Wilder Systems

| ARM
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute today announced that consortium member Wilder Systems (WS) has created a robotic cell for testing potential COVID-19 samples that is now in... Read More
ARM Wilder systems
Go to Chip on a Card Would Detect COVID-19 Antibodies in a Minute

Chip on a Card Would Detect COVID-19 Antibodies in a Minute

| AIM Photonics
Researchers in Rochester are developing an optical chip on a disposable card that can detect exposure to multiple viruses within a minute—including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19—from a single... Read More
AIM Photonics fea-optical-chip-sensor
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

| LIFT
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
LIFT Bay 6
Go to MxD Awarded $15M to Boost U.S. Manufacturing’s COVID Response

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

| MxD
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
MxD labs
Go to ARM Institute Announces Selection of New Robotics Technology Projects

ARM Institute Announces Selection of New Robotics Technology Projects

| ARM
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
ARM robotics
Go to NextFlex Kicks Off Fall 2020 Virtual FlexFactor® Program

NextFlex Kicks Off Fall 2020 Virtual FlexFactor® Program

| NextFlex
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
NextFlex FlexFactor fifth year
Go to IACMI Supports Production of 50,000 Face Shields for University of Tennessee Students, Faculty and Staff

IACMI Supports Production of 50,000 Face Shields for University of Tennessee Students, Faculty and Staff

| IACMI
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
UT faculty display Shields
Go to AFFOA Recent COVID-19 News and Updates

AFFOA Recent COVID-19 News and Updates

| AFFOA
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
AFFOA receives NIOSH N95 respirators
Go to America Makes, FDA, NIH, and VA Fighting COVID-19 with 3D Printing

America Makes, FDA, NIH, and VA Fighting COVID-19 with 3D Printing

| America Makes
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
America Makes Covid-19 Heroes

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COVID-19, Lightweight Materials, Workforce

LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, announced it has partnered with Macomb Community College to provide advanced manufacturing training opportunities through the institute’s “Operation Next” program.

“Operation Next” is an innovative, self-paced, manufacturing-focused training and...

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Biopharmaceutical, COVID-19, Innovation

In February 2020, NIIMBL ran a three-day workshop, which included participants from the FDA, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, plus what Erickson describes as “distinguished leaders in manufacturing and process development from 14 major manufacturers and suppliers.”

In January 2021, a team of pharmaceutical experts published...

Insider
Additive Manufacturing, COVID-19, Emerging Technologies, Innovation

If city leaders across the country learned anything from the past year, it's the value of resilience.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed cracks in infrastructure, posed mobility challenges, and revealed a digital divide. The places that have fared the best are the ones that have been investing in the future, specifically in areas like digital...

Robotics & Automation
COVID-19, Robotics

The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through the CARES Act, provided funding to the ARM Institute to collaborate with Wilder Systems to develop this technology.

The ARM Institute is leading the way to a future where people and robots work together to respond to the nation’s greatest challenges and to...

Industry Week
COVID-19, Manufacturing

Today’s supply chains and manufacturing operations are global, highly efficient, and carefully tuned. At the same time, the COVID-19 black-swan event has demonstrated painfully that they are also fragile and lacking transparency at times when faced with unexpected disturbances. The various interruptions led to a shortage of essential goods, ranging...

FDA
COVID-19, Health

Remember in-person meetings? A year ago, would you have thought our world, our homes and offices would be upended and changed so rapidly? Seemingly overnight businesses were adapting to a new reality. We at U.S. Food and Drug Administration adapted as well – we had to. Our mission is so critical, we couldn’t fall behind because too much was, and...

Government Executive
COVID-19, Digital Manufacturing

By this time next year, I predict Americans will covet borosilicate glass in the same way they do N95 masks. Because this durable and heat-resistant glass is what’s needed to make vials — vials that hold the vaccines against COVID-19.

We’ve known for months that a surge in demand is coming, yet the vast majority — 70% to 90% — of medical glass is...

Biomanufacturing, COVID-19, Workforce

Lifesaving vaccines and medicines. Working with a team. The ability to grow and develop. You'll find all of this and more in the biopharma manufacturing industry.

While many people think biopharma jobs are for those with science degrees, there are opportunities for workers with educational backgrounds of all types. People from all walks of life and...

COVID-19, Workforce

Through a partnership with Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) and Gaston College’s Textile Technology Center (TTC) comes the birth of the Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network (MTIN).

The partnership of these two centers is a vision of Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College and...