The White House 3D Printing

Obama’s 3D Printing Plans to Up US Manufacturing Take Shape

By May 16, 2013. Business, Featured, News

Changing the spotlight from 3D printed weaponry to using 3D printing to get the country working, US President, Barack Obama has announced a $200 million federally funded competition to create three new cutting edge manufacturing institutes.

Intended to bring together research and product development, industry, universities and community colleges, the project is part of a greater effort to re-invest in American manufacturing jobs and skills lost over the last 10 years and is expected to include up to 15 new centres.

The White House 3D PrintingThe administration hopes the collaboration will foster a sort of “teaching factory” whereby students and workers at all levels could design, test and pilot new products and manufacturing processes.

The new phase of this project has come online buoyed by the success of the first proof of concept for the president’s programme. Built in what was once an old disused warehouse, The Ohio based National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) now houses workers learning about 3D printing, creating new products and getting them to market.

3D printing is expected to play an enormous role in the three new institutes as they are also centred around state of the art manufacturing techniques.

The three technology areas that they intend to pursue are: Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation; Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing; and Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing.

“Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing,” said President Obama in his State of the Union address. And as The Department of Energy anticipates that additive processes would be able to save more than 50 percent of energy use compared to today’s ‘subtractive’ manufacturing processes, these projects can only be good for the country and the industry.

Source: Obama Administration

  • econolyst

    Ricardo – sorry but i have i missed something here? The $200M recently announced by Obama relates to three totally new national manufacturing centers, which are not in any way related to NAMII, which was funded in 2011/12. So how does this investment increase / accelerate the USA position in AM/3DP?

    • Hi Econolyst: The ‘Report To The President On Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage In Advanced Manufacturing’ (June 2012) refers to additive manufacturing on P.11, 17 & 20. This report was take on board by the Obama Administration, which, on August 16, 2012 catalysed as the selection of the new consortium led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) to establish the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).

      In January 2013, a comparable report proffered the notion of an analogous set of innovative institutes to catalyse advanced manufacturing as a whole. NAMII was a precursor to this model, amended with input via a The Advanced Manufacturing
      National Program Office (AMNPO) ‘wiki’ project and other research.

      The cross over in manufacturing production methodologies is orientated around those processes not being individual extant entities, but a plethora of processes that may be utilised in conjunction with each other, and, indeed, may evolve into manufacturing machines and processes that compound into unified technologies akin to iRobot’s United States Patent Application 20130015596, via the R&D being conducted by NAMII, and the three new institutes – particularly, the Digital
      Manufacturing and Design Innovation institute and Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing institute.

      Last week, Obama again spoke of the application of additive manufacturing to the Defense and Aerospace industrial sectors: the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing institute being perfectly placed for such research in tandem with NAMII.

      Indeed, it’s already possible to say that NAMII has a similar level of fiscal input, owing to the $40 million that the 70 networked bodies (universities, etc.) are inputting on top of NAMII’s $30 Government funding. Let’s speculate that each of the three new bodies receives the same amount, $66.6million, NAMII’s $70, and references in reports, infers it to have been prototype.

      That prototype is itself inspired by similar successful strategies in Japan, Germany and South Korea. Now, China has followed suite with 10 new analogous institutes, announced within a week of the content of this article. China of course having the capital to initiate this, a larger population to scale the model to, defense capacity lagging a generation behind the US’s, geopolitics partially mandate economic stratagem, and the filter down of technologies developed for military purposes into non-military industrial applications has been central to technological progress within the industrial, post-industrial, and now digital-industrial, eras.

      The opensource and maker movements now also provide R&D for technological progression, a new ‘bottom-up’ approach of democracisation of information and objects.

      All of this and more reinforces Ricardo’s above article.