In his State of the Union address President Barack Obama has thrown his weight behind 3D printing being a technology that can create manufacturing opportunities. During his speech this past Tuesday night the U.S President acknowledged that the U.S has lost many thousands of manufacturing jobs overseas in the past decade, but found hope in new technology.
Several car manufacturers are switching back to U.S plants and electronics giants like Apple and Intel are moving production back to the U.S from China. Obama then went on to explain how he believed new manufacturing technologies like 3D printing will generate jobs in this new high-tech industry.
“There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.”
The government has provided funds for businesses to parter with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy in order to develop 3D printer technology for both military and civilian purposes. Already the U.S Military have announced a Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown Ohio as a public-private partnership to research ways to use 3D printing in battlefield arenas to save on time and the expense of shipping replacement parts.
The U.S is at the forefront of the industry with several leading 3D printer manufacturers based here, such as StrataSys and 3D Systems. Moving forward the Obama administration aims to keep the U.S ahead of the world in developing 3D printer technologies, as well as being a leader in using 3D printers for manufacturing.