President Obama recognises the importance of 3D printing
You know something is big when the President of the United States of America talks about it in their State of the Union speech.
â€œThere 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. Thereâ€™s no reason this canâ€™t happen in other towns. So tonight, Iâ€™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.â€
This is evidence at how 3d printers areÂ disputingÂ the internationalÂ manufacturingÂ infrastructure. By creating the additiveÂ manufacturingÂ hubs, jobs will be created for Americans. We should be implementing these ideas here in Australia. By using the latest technology we would be able to beÂ extremelyÂ competitiveÂ on the global stage and be creating products that are better, faster.
There are already countless cases where Australian and New Zealand companies have used large format and most importantly, desktop 3D printers to design and test new products. Weta workshop in Wellington, New Zealand has been using 3D printers to create authentic looking movie props and a fraction of the price and time that it would take to create the props by hand from scratch. This has allowed them to be there leader in their field.
As one of the fastest growing industries in 2012, it is no wonder everyone is getting excited about what the future of 3d printing holds.