NCDMM and Partners Named a Multi-Award Winner for Second Consecutive Year by the National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program Honors 2021 Top Industry Innovators

Blairsville, Pa. — March 25, 2021. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces that for the second consecutive year, NCDMM and its program partners were named the winner of multiple Manufacturing Leadership Awards for outstanding manufacturing excellence by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). NAM winners will be officially recognized at the virtual Manufacturing Leadership Award Gala on May 19, 2021.

“For NCDMM and our partners to receive commendations from the NAM two consecutive years is a tremendous honor, particularly among such a competitive field of nominees,” said Gary Fleegle, NCDMM President and CEO. “These commendations are testament to the innovated manufacturing solutions that NCDMM and its strategic partners provide to the defense industry and its supply chain. We humbly thank the NAM for once again recognizing our work to support the warfighter.”

The NAM recognized the NCDMM and its partners in three award categories for the following programs:

Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics Leadership

Joint Additive Manufacturing Model Exchange (JAMMEX): NCDMM through its America Makes program, Quotient, Inc., and Identify3D, Inc., with funding from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), collaborated to bridge existing gaps within the Department of Defense (DoD) and supply chain due to the proliferation of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to manufacture components. The program team leveraged an existing government cloud-based digital asset management application, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3D Print Exchange, to create the JAMMEX API and 3D printable parts repository. JAMMEX significantly simplifies the process of sharing digital AM designs for DoD and military services personnel and increases the timely production of critical AM parts to support mission needs.

Engineering & Production Technology Leadership

Conformal Fan Duct Heat Exchanger for Engine Thermal Management Systems: NCDMM through its America Makes program, Raytheon Technologies Research Center (formerly United Technologies Research Center), Collins Aerospace (formerly United Technologies Aerospace eSystems), Pratt & Whitney, Stratonics, Inc., and Ansys, Inc. (formerly 3DSIM), with funding from AFRL, collaborated to rapidly advance the use of laser power bed fusion (L-PBF) AM process and materials in the fabrication of a conformal heat exchanger (HEX) for next-generation aerospace propulsion applications. The program successfully established baseline AM capability and demonstrated a prescriptive methodology for selecting build parameters for the repeatable and reliable AM HEX fabrication.

Operational Excellence Leadership

Manufacturing Technology for Complex Missile Seekers — Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGM) Program: NCDMM, the Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Office at Redstone Arsenal, and Parker Hannifin Composite Sealing Systems (CSS) Division, with funding from the U.S. Army’s Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program, collaborated to advance the Army’s JAGM Program by developing more reliable and affordable manufacturing solutions for complex missile seeker components used on a variety of fixed wing and rotary wing aerial platforms. The program enabled significant improvements to the production of the key material, MetGraf™, including the transition from a pilot, low-yield operation to full-rate production environment to meet the Army’s projected demand.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council developed the Manufacturing Leadership Awards to honor manufacturing companies and leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Founded in 2004, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards have honored hundreds of innovative manufacturing companies from around the world.

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards consist of 11 categories that align with the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s member-driven Critical Issues Agenda. Nine of the categories are for companies that undertake successful, high-impact projects. Three categories are for individuals whose achievements advance their companies or the manufacturing industry.

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NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in defense manufacturing to continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages America Makes and the V4 Institute. NCDMM is the cornerstone of the recently formed Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG). For additional information, visit the NCDMM at and follow @NCDMMnews on Twitter.

About Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc.

The Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc. (MTDG) is committed to transforming the advanced manufacturing industrial base throughout the world for our sustainable future. It is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit holding company of both the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI). Founded in 2020, MTDG is headquartered in Clearwater, Fla. For more information, visit MTDG at

About the Manufacturing Leadership Awards

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. More information can be found on the Manufacturing Leadership Awards website.

About the National Association of Manufacturers

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, possesses the largest economic impact of any major sector, and accounts for more than 75% of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the National Association of Manufacturers, visit


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