Obama Announces $200 Million Program for 3D Printing and Innovation

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President Obama Sees 3D Printed Future

The White House has announced a new program to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes, funding it with $200 million from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. 3D printing is a key focus of the program.

Back in February, Obama called 3D printing a “revolutionary” technology in his State of the Union address, describing NAMII, the recipient of a $30 million Federal grant as “a once-shuttered warehouse [and] 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.”

Why 3D Printing?

In the White House press release, some example uses of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, are presented.

The Department of Defense envisions customizing parts on site for operational systems that would otherwise be expensive to make or ship. The Department of Energy anticipates that additive processes would be able to save more than 50% energy use compared to today’s ‘subtractive’ manufacturing processes.

Read the full announcement at whitehouse.gov.

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2 Responses to Obama Announces $200 Million Program for 3D Printing and Innovation

  1. rhy thornton says:

    How about you just let the open source world take care of the innovation, and you can work on releasing heroes like Bradley Manning, you contemptible traitor? How about eliminate the unconstitutional FED and stop printing funny money make every American into a debt slave? There’s room for innovation here, but once again this corporate tool doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about, and his investors (Goldman Sachs and Monsanto) are going to laugh all the way to the bank again.

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