Throughout the past six years, federal agencies have established a network of Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) using the Manufacturing USA umbrella organization. Most of the institutes have become heavily involved in motor vehicle manufacturing through research and development projects.

America Makes: The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)

Youngstown, Ohio – Focuses on 3D printing/additive manufacturing (AM); facilitates collaboration among leaders from business, academia, nonprofit organizations, government agencies; specializes in design, materials, technology, workforce

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

Boston, Massachusetts – Develops fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, change color; commercializes highly functional fabrics; cache data on semiconductor fibers and assemblies; advances fabric supply chain – multifunctional fibers, advanced nonwovens, yarn production, weaving and knitting, end-product fabrication

Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Los Angeles, California – Led by Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, a consortium of nearly 200 partners from academia, industry, non-profits from more than 30 states; spurring advances in smart sensors, digital process controls

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow – LIFT

Detroit, Michigan – Speeds development of lightweight metal manufacturing processes for aluminum, magnesium, titanium, advanced high-strength steel alloys; facilitates training of workers who will use new processes

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

Knoxville, Tennessee – Develops lower-cost, higher-speed, more efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for composites; enables composite use for a broader range of products including lightweight vehicles; targets 50% composities manufacturing cost cuts, 75% energy cost cuts, 95% increase in recyclability within 10 years


Raleigh, North Carolina – Develops advanced manufacturing processes for large-scale production of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, making electronic components smaller, faster, more efficient

Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)

Chicago, Illinois – Applies cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce time, cost of manufacturing; strengthen U.S. supply chain; reduce acquisition costs for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD); develops, demonstrates, deploys, commercializes digital manufacturing technologies; creates product, manufacturing process definitions simultaneously

American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)

Utica, New York – Develops photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry; provides practical access, technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government, academic communities; creating a national PIC manufacturing infrastructure

America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NetFlex)

San Jose, California – Develops flexible hybrid electronics; commercializes technology through investments in materials scale-up, thinned device processing, device/sensor integrated printing and packaging, system design tools, reliability testing & modeling