Wednesday, February 13, 2013

3D Printing and the State of the Union: Pres. Obama Calls Attention to Additive Manufacturing

As you may have heard while watching President Obama's State of the Union address last night, 3D printing has succeeded in capturing even the presidential cabinet's attention. With its far-reaching potential in the manufacturing and medical worlds, and its seemingly endless applications, additive manufacturing seems poised to only keep growing.

A small excerpt from this portion of his speech follows:

After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.

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.
Having been a top Stratasys reseller for many years now, we wholeheartedly agree, and we are thrilled at the prospect of more research facilities and an extra hand in bringing manufacturing back home. Thanks for the shout-out, Mr. President!

As always, our talented team of Rapid Technology professionals is ready to help you find out how you or your company can leverage 3D printing and production technologies. Feel free to check out our full line of Stratasys Ltd. 3D printers and production systems, try the technology out yourself by requesting a free 3D part, or get a quote on any Stratasys 3D printing machine.

The full State of the Union video can be seen below. The portion pertaining to 3D printing begins roughly 15 minutes in.



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