Discover the Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships in Additive Manufacturing with America Makes at LAM 2018

Our Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Conference is less than 2 months away. This annual event features a series of presentations from industry leaders that highlight the latest advancements in additive manufacturing technology, applications, policy, standards and training for a variety of industries.

LAM 2018 is in Schaumburg, Illinois, and will be co-located with the Lasers in Manufacturing Event (LME). All LAM attendees will be granted free access to the LME exhibit and reception at the end of the sessions on the second day.

This year’s event will kick off with the keynote presentation “Smart Collaboration: A Public-Private Approach to Advancing the Manufacturing Industry” by America Makes, as part of the Policy and Technology I session. Learn more about America Makes’ work and the keynote speech at LAM below.

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The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) manages and operates America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which is a public-private partnership focused on research and innovation in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. America Makes is comprised of member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources. The NCDMM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving America’s workforce and economic competitiveness through the development of new manufacturing solutions.


What’s Next for America Makes

March 5th through March 9th, America Makes will offer the first public Advanced Curriculum in Additive Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Innovation (ACADEMI) course, Metals Design for Additive Manufacturing, for both its members and non-members. The course will cover advanced design with a focus on new areas of design spaces, engineering, manufacturing, and processing techniques for additive manufacturing with metallic materials.

On March 6th, America Makes will also host a free public forum on their Apprenticeship Works Program to promote manufacturing apprenticeships and introduce the first-ever, industry-vetted Additive Manufacturing (AM)/3D Printing Technician Registered Apprenticeship framework. This new framework serves to help employers develop registered apprenticeship programs within their companies to help employees advance their skill sets.

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Do not miss the America Makes presentation, “Smart Collaboration: A Public-Private Approach to Advancing the Additive Manufacturing Industry” on March 27, 2018 at 8:15 AM as part of the LAM opening session, Policy and Technology I. For more information on this year’s sessions and presentations, please visit:

Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop (LAM) will take place March 27-28, 2018 in Schaumburg, Illinois. For more information, and to register, please visit

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