When the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) put out their second call for submissions they advertised more than nine million dollars in available funds for 3D printing projects. They also stated that in order to qualify for the funding you have to be a member of the organization or partner up with an existing member. This stipulation seems to have driven a rush of new member signups including five new ones that were announced this week.
The newest NAMII members include: Stratasys, ASM International, North Carolina State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Venture Plastics. "On behalf of all of us at NAMII, I am proud to extend a warm welcome to our new member organizations," says NAMII Director and NCDMM Vice President Ed Morris. "The addition of new, diverse members within our ranks is of great significance. NAMII's success in accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies to the manufacturing sector is directly dependent upon the collaborative research and development efforts among our members."
NAMII offers three levels of membership; Lead ($200,000 a year), Full ($50,000 a year) and Supporting ($15,000 a year). Stratasys was the only new member to go for a Lead membership. Everyone else on the list is designated as a Supporting member. Members who wish to submit their 3D printing projects for funding have until Friday, September 27, 2013 to do so.