Innvations advantages at SelectUSA Investment Summit

obamaObama Administration focuses on creative and innovative technologies at SelectUSA Investment Summit. The sitting President has already had a 3D portrait taken of himself, and has even been advised by a 9-year-old 3D printing enthusiast on the country’s education system at the recently held White House Science Fair. Before he finishes up his final year as the United States President, Obama is planning to set America on the path towards new innovation and advanced manufacturing methods.

During the week-long effort, business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world gathered for the third annual SelectUSA Summit. At the investment summit, President Obama announced that the Los Angeles, California-headquartered consortium, named the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which is the ninth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama Administration. The victorious coalition is comprised of over 200 partners from over 30 states, and is primarily focused on advancing smart sensors and digital process controls, which they believe can radically improve the efficiency and sustainability of advanced manufacturing in the United States.

The Obama Administration will launch five competitions, each one focused on a different aspect that supports the transformation of manufacturing techniques in the United States. One of these competitions, called Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing, will aim to develop next-generation methods to repair and replace cells and tissues. Working in collaboration with the Department of Defense, the White House expects 3D bioprinting to play a major role in this research, along with cell science, process design, and automated pharmaceutical screening methods. With this particular hub competition, the government hopes for an outcome where critical organs can be manufactured for urgent transplants.

Other investments, primarily targeted at America Makes, has helped lead to other developments in 3D printing technology. For instance, America Makes assisted in the creation of GE’s new $32 million global 3D printing hub, and also encouraged the lightweight metal technology company Alcoa to invest $60 million in its own facilities, which will directly benefit America Makes’ metal 3D printing capabilities.

All in all, the Obama Administration has place a noticeable importance on developing new and improved manufacturing techniques, and it’s evident that innovating upon 3D printing technology has been a priority on the President’s list. With the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and its corresponding manufacturing hub competitions, America is looking to become the tech trailblazers of the world. It seems that additive manufacturing will play a major role in getting the country to that point. Discuss further in the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute BioPrinting Contest forum over at 3DPB.com.

Source: 3dprint.com

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