Manufacturing using 3D printing technologies holds significant promise in strengthening U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by transforming how many products are made and increasing supply chain efficiencies, according to a release from Stratasys.
Stratasys also noted that industry, government, and academia need to continue collaboration across key areas to help realize the potential economic impact from accelerated use of additive manufacturing. These include efforts to educate industry on the viability of existing and developmental 3D printing technologies, and strengthen STEM education to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.
Stratasys provided a demonstration of 3D printing technology at the National Association of Manufacturers annual board meeting in Washington D.C.
"Additive manufacturing or 3D printing can fundamentally change many aspects of the manufacturing process," said Stratasys CEO David Reis. "It brings new agility and efficiency and can help manufacturers keep production at home. It is imperative that 3D printing technology providers, manufacturers, universities and government work together to help fulfill the promise of this impressive and impactful technology and strengthen our economy and manufacturing. Stratasys is actively working to that end."
"Additive manufacturing technology is becoming more and more accessible, and poised to usher in an era of new opportunity for manufacturers in the U.S.," said Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. "Manufacturing is at the center of our national conversation, and it is innovation and technological advancement that will keep it there."
"Many talk about additive manufacturing as a 'disruptive' technology, but these are the same production materials that many engineers and manufacturers are already used to working with," said Jon Cobb, EVP of Global Marketing for Stratasys. "In our view, additive manufacturing will not replace many of the traditional manufacturing processes, but rather complement how a good portion of manufacturers are delivering products to market in a more efficient and customized way."
Stratasys recently kicked off of its 10th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge that invites students at the middle school, high school, and college level to submit inventive new product designs, redesigns of existing products, or original or redesigned works of art or architecture. Designs are developed using 3D CAD software, submitted to Stratasys to be 3D printed, and winning submissions are awarded with scholarship money. The company has also partnered with Starbase, an organization funded by the Department of Defense that promotes STEM learning for grade school students.
Stratasys manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production.
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