LONDON, UK – May 12, 2015 – Element Materials Technology joins America Makes, a US federally-funded organization focused on developing capabilities and processes in Additive Manufacturing (AM), in recognition of its leading position in materials testing.

America Makes has a mandate to promote additive manufacturing through joint-research projects by industry, higher education and the public sector. It helps lead the industry in process and product development, sharing results among its members. Additive Manufacturing is estimated to grow to a US$12-25bn globally by the year 2020. Element expects America Makes projects to deliver advances in a range of sectors including Aerospace, Transportation, Energy and Industrials. America Makes membership adds to Element’s impressive list of industry accreditations and approvals.

Charles Noall, President and CEO of Element, comments: “We are delighted to be recognized as an industry-leader in additive manufacturing testing by joining America Makes. The project brings together a range of stakeholders from industry, as well as partners from university research departments and public sector organizations. Element is eager to collaborate in knowledge-sharing and to develop stronger links with our industry peers through this initiative.”

Element’s membership of America Makes builds on its reputation within AM testing. In 2014, Element opened a new Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Element Cleveland, OH serving Aerospace, Medical and Energy sectors in materials testing.

David Podrug, Advanced Materials Business Manager, will oversee Element’s involvement with America Makes. He represents Element on the American Society for Testing and Material’s (ASTM) International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies – an industry body formed in co-operation with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to stay at the leading edge of the rapidly-changing manufacturing sector.

About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit http://americamakes.us.

About Element

Element is a company with a global presence; its laboratories are staffed by experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Transportation and Industrials sectors. Element’s team of 1,800 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 51 facilities located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For a complete list of Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit www.element.com.

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“We are delighted to be recognized as an industry-leader in additive manufacturing testing by joining America Makes.”

Charles Noall

President and CEO