none

US government invests in 3D technology

31-08-2010
by 
in 
US government invests in 3D technology

US President Barack Obama believes 3D printing can play a role in strengthening his country’s manufacturing, scientific, defence and energy sectors.

The US President has pledged funding to invest in 3D printing research.

He says the burgeoning technology could be particularly useful to the Defence Department in strengthening the military.

Early this year Obama announced plans for three new manufacturing hubs.

"Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing," he said during the State of the Union address.

A pilot institute in Youngstown, Ohio, was established last year through a $30 million federal grant. It consists of a consortium of manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges and nonprofit groups located throughout the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia "Tech Belt."

As part of that project, "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 revolutionise the way we make almost everything," Obama said.

The focus on 3D printing faces increasing scrutiny from lawmakers who are concerned about one application in particular: guns.

One group in the spotlight now is Defense Distributed, a pro-gun nonprofit working to make 3D-printable gun designs freely available to everyone on the Internet. The group recently made major inroads toward that goal with its nearly completely 3D-printable plastic "Liberator" handgun.

As a result, several lawmakers are pushing to ban 3D-printed guns.

California state Senator Leland Yee has already announced plans to introduce legislation to prohibit the use of the technology to create untraceable and anonymously produced guns.

In April, US Representative Steve Israel, a New York Democrat, introduced the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, to reauthorize the ban on undetectable firearms and to extend the ban to undetectable firearm receivers.

Related news & editorials

  1. 19.10.2021
    19.10.2021
    by      In
    There is no doubt that the recent AUKUS agreement between Australia, USA and the UK was a surprise to just about everyone on the planet!
    Taking a closer look into the government’s decision to commit to the AUKUS alliance, much of what has been reported by mainstream media has been inaccurate or... Read More
  2. 18.10.2021
    18.10.2021
    by      In
    Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA welcomes today’s intervention of the Australian Government seeking to put an end to three months of damaging strikes at Fremantle Port.
    It has been reported the Australian Government has stepped in, utilising its powers under the Fair Work Act to seek an... Read More
  3. 18.10.2021
    18.10.2021
    by      In
    McCormick & Company Inc, a global leader in flavour, today announced plans to open a new, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, multi-purpose head office in Mentone.
    This new facility is currently under construction and is on schedule to provide a much-needed boost to manufacturing in... Read More
  4. 13.10.2021
    13.10.2021
    by      In
    Gladstone, Queensland is reported to be the site for iron ore giant Fortescue Metals Group to develop one of the world’s largest hydrogen manufacturing hubs.
    Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) revealed their recent proposal to build a Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM), which will... Read More
Products
Suppliers