The Pennsylvania State University along with its partners Battelle Memorial Institute and 3D Systems operate the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) as a world-class resource for advancing and deploying additive manufacturing (AM) technology for critical applications. With a broad mission to advance and deploy AM technology of metallic and advanced material systems to industry, CIMP-3D seeks to:
- advance enabling technologies required to successfully implement AM technology for critical components and structures,
- provide technical assistance to industry through selection, demonstration, and validation of AM technology as an "honest broker", and
- promote the potential of AM technology through training, education and dissemination of information.
The Center serves as the Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (CMDF) under the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Open Manufacturing Program and is a founding member of America Makes, formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)