POTUS Underscores Importance of 3D Printing in SOTU

“Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race,” said President Obama in last night’s State Of The Union. Stressing the priority of adding jobs and manufacturing, the President cited a Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngston, Ohio, which is “mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.” The president asked for congress’s support to open a network of 15 hubs, ensuring that the next manufacturing revolution takes place in America.

What does this mean for the 3D printing industry? In addition to bringing awareness to those unfamiliar with the technology, the president’s remark ignites a feeling of plausibility, indicating that the industrial and commercial impact is not far away.

Shares of 3D printing makers jumped in pre-market trading. If that’s any indication, I expect that we will see a spike in “3D printing” Google searches in the days to come and hopefully with that knowledge, an interest and investment in R&D.

Searches on 3D printing spike after SOTU

Searches on 3D printing spike after SOTU

Searches on “3D printing” spiked to an all-time high immediately following the State of the Union address.

Innovation begins with education. This is something that rang true for the team behind the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which marks it’s 25th anniversary this year. What started as a discussion between Mode Collective, The Architect’s Newspaper and public relations firm Tobin and Tucker on the role of education at the ICFF, evolved into DesignX. […]

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