The Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) has been awarded a $1 mn grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote the use of 3D printing to smaller businesses in Florida.

Plans are for the project, called Advancing Additive Manufacturing Technologies, to focus on the aerospace, defense, and energy sectors.

“Florida remains on the cutting edge of science and technology,” said Neal Orringer, president of ASTRO America. “This initiative will spur further innovation in the field of 3D printing across the state. It will also support job creation, and grow a new generation of engineers and technicians.”

Also involved are universities and companies such as Boeing, GE Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, and Siemens Energy.

A map of states also receiving project awards from the NSF can be found here.