Washington, D.C. - In a new release by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, Shelby recently announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded Auburn $3 million for research and development of techniques to improve the additive manufacturing industry.

“Auburn University has become a national leader in the field of additive manufacturing,” said Senator Shelby. “This NIST grant will provide Auburn the unique opportunity to innovate and empower engineering industries, boosting efforts to promote the continued economic growth of our manufacturing sector. The research, training, and development that will take place as a result of this funding will allow the university to advance additive manufacturing and continue competing on a national stage.”

With the award, Auburn will work to address various issues challenging the additive manufacturing industry while conducting research, training, and educating graduate and undergraduate students.

Auburn’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) to expand its programs to include new research on metrology. The NCAME was founded IN 2017, as a collaboration between Auburn University and NASA.

"Additive manufacturing is revolutionizing industries ranging from aviation to medical instruments to automotive," said Auburn University President Steven Leath. "Thanks to Senator Shelby, the State of Alabama is providing national leadership in developing and refining these technologies that foster economic opportunity, improve quality of life and strengthen our country's infrastructure."