Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Since its inception, America Makes has made strides in the maturation of additive manufacturing in support of the modernization priorities of the US DoD and the needs of the AM supply chain. With over $200M in projects ongoing or completed, America Makes has made numerous contributions to advancing metal additive manufacturing. Several examples of successful programs and opportunities for further effort will be outlined to provide a past, current, and future perspective on metal additive manufacturing research.