Partners include higher education, nonprofit organizations and industry leaders

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky project to create a regional additive manufacturing cluster is a finalist for funding through a National Science Foundation Regional Innovation Engines competition.

The project is led by the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. KSTC’s Additive Manufacturing Forward Engine (AMFE) proposal was selected as one of 16 finalists nationally. If awarded, AMFE could bring $160 million over 10 years to Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio to accelerate additive manufacturing technologies in the region. Additive manufacturing can refer to any process where a product is created by building something up, such as molding, but it typically refers to 3-D printing

“It is an honor to be selected as an NSF Engines finalist. This recognition speaks to the immense impact additive manufacturing can have both regionally and nationally,” said KSTC President and AMFE project lead Terry Samuel. “This project forges strong partnerships among research institutions, nonprofit organizations and industry leaders to bring innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions as well as high-paying manufacturing jobs to our local, regional and national economies.”

AMFE’s goal is to streamline and advance additive manufacturing technologies to revolutionize manufacturing practices. Additive manufacturing can reduce part lead times, material costs, energy usage and waste, and is a key technology for aerospace and semiconductor manufacturing.

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