To effectively accomplish its mission, the Center utilizes a broad perspective of additive manufacturing provided by a network of Center Associates equally dedicated to the advancement and implementation of additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Hence, the Center cultivates associates that include developers of AM systems, institutions engaged in various aspects of innovative product design and process simulation techniques, materials suppliers and developers that realize the potential of AM, corporations that plan to strategically exploit the technology, and government organizations that stand to benefit from the massive insertion of this disruptive technology to the industrial base. There is no financial obligation for participation as a Center Associate; however, a Memorandum of Understanding that defines the participation and collaboration of the Center and its Associates is required.

The Center also obtains valuable benefits that serve to hasten interest and growth in additive manufacturing technology through the collaborative network of Center Associates, which includes: