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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - What's in a name?  Plenty, when you've been touted as the creative center for new ways to manufacture things.

That's how Congressman Tim Ryan characterized the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute when he was on hand for the ribbon cutting of the facility in downtown Youngstown just over a year ago.

Known by the acronym NAMII since then, the institute now says it's time to change its name.

NAMII has been on a mission to develop technology that will help jump start the economy and create jobs by creating a new approach to manufacturing.

With the help of $30 million federal grant, NAMII is serving as an incubator developing uses for 3D printing, which a process of making three-dimensional solid objects by adding successive layers of material.

On Wednesday, NAMII announced that it will market itself under the name, America Makes.

According to a news release, the new name is designed to kick start a unified, U.S.-based additive manufacturing and 3D printing movement.

The release says that leadership had begun to feel that its identity was limited by its five-letter acronym, one that did not fully or aptly convey the intent, the depth, or mission of the organization.

"With America Makes, the goal of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is to broaden our voice to be more indicative and inclusive of all of the innovative people in our country—whether they are hobbyists or entrepreneurs or they work in industry, academia, and government," said Ed Morris, Director.

The institute also unveiled a new website http://americamakes.us that empowers members to collaborate and network with other members; publish and share findings; and search and find answers to tough additive manufacturing questions.

In the coming days and weeks, the digital estate will reflect phase two, which will feature more community and networking functions.

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