Last year we reported about the Pentagon’s plans to invest in 3D printing. Now in his State of the Union Adress, president Barack Obama said that one of the major ways to get jobs back to America is to invest in 3D printing. This of course sounds as music in our ears being 3D printing fanatics. Here is what the President had to say about it:
“Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing. 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. 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 first national 3D printing institute is already standing. The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institue (NAMII) in Ohio serves as a pilot proof-of-concept to President Obama’s $1 billion plan to build 15 such manufacturing innovation hubs across the country. The project is a public-private partnership, so its funding will be coming from several directions, including a consortium of private teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia which will match $40 million the Department of Defense’s initial $30 million contribution.