This is the year, apparently, that the United States government will fully embrace 3D printing. The America Makes Institute has been established and the White House will host its own Maker Faire this year. We also reported recently on 3DPI.com that members of Congress have established a Makers Caucus. As if interest in 3D printing technology by those in DC wasn’t already enough, a new digital manufacturing lab will be established in Chicago.
President Barack Obama made the announcement on February 25 that the Department of Defense has awarded $70 million to Chicago-based UI Labs to create the D3digital Lab for Manufacturing. $250 million more will be contributed by industry, academia, government and community partners, giving the institution a total of $320 million to get it up and running.
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