3D printing

Fueling Innovation: Connecticut Manufacturers Eligible for $100K Grant to Boost 3D Printing Capabilities

Fueling Innovation: Connecticut Manufacturers Eligible for $100K Grant to Boost 3D Printing Capabilities

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) announced a new initiative this week, as six Connecticut manufacturers are set to receive a collective $600,000 in grants to support the adoption of additive manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing Adoption Program (AMAP II), a competitive grant program developed by CCAT and the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF) Advisory Board to improve manufacturers’ operations and drive innovation, is open to manufacturing companies with less than 300 employees interested in enhancing their operations with new additive technologies such as high-end 3D metal and polymer printers to produce functional parts, tooling and fixtures. Each company will receive a $100,000 matching grant to be leveraged with an equal or greater amount of company funding. The application window opened Jan. 1 and will run through Feb. 29, 2024.

Additive Technologies Adoption Program

Additive Technologies Adoption Program

Program Overview

3D printing is transforming the manufacturing industry through tool and fixture development, prototyping savings, and part optimization. Our Additive Technologies Adoption Program provides small and medium-sized Connecticut manufacturers 3D printing support through demonstrations, trainings, and adoption assistance.

Ways to Get Started:

Schedule a complimentary engineering consultation
Meet one-on-one with a member of CCAT’s technical team and learn how additive technologies can impact your business.

Attend introductory workshops and trainings →
Learn about advanced technologies or strengthen your technical skills.

Borrow a 3D printer and explore additive manufacturing at your facility
We’ll drop off a 3D printer at no-cost so you can test before you invest.

Submit a request for a technology demonstration project or adoption support
We’ll work with you to demonstrate how 3D printing can lead to improvements in your manufacturing process and we can provide onboarding support.

Apply for a grant to help cover the expense of adopting 3D printing technologies →
See if your company is eligible for matching funds.

Technology Workshops and Trainings

Register for workshops and trainings hosted by CCAT and presented by technology experts. View full event calendar.

On-Demand Library
Watch past workshops covering industry 4.0 topics anytime, on our on-demand library and YouTube channel.

Grant Programs

If you are moving forward with adopting additive technologies into your business, Money for Manufacturing is available for eligible Connecticut manufacturers through matching grant programs. Funded by Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF) and administered by CCAT.

Additive Voucher Program (AVP)
$20,000 to assist with the acquisition of additive manufacturing technology – hardware, software and related third-party integration services. Administered on a first-come first-served basis.

Additive Manufacturing Adoption Program (AMAP II)
A competitively based program that will award six Connecticut manufacturers $100,000 each for adding additive manufacturing into their production processes. Application acceptance will run from January 1, 2024 through February 29, 2024.

Learn more about all our Money for Manufacturing programs at ccat.us/programs.

Manufacturing Q&A: Bill Waseleski, President, Century Spring Manufacturing

Manufacturing Q&A: Bill Waseleski, President, Century Spring Manufacturing

Bill Waseleski shares how he solved his supply chain issue and remained competitive through free state resources, 3D printing, and the Advanced Technology Center.

Bill Waseleski hit a wall during his search for a replacement part. He wasn’t able to order it from the original manufacturer or anywhere else. The president of Century Spring Manufacturing Co. in Bristol was starting to worry that his shop’s productivity would take a dip if he didn’t find a replacement soon. READ MORE