Working with 3D Printing? Here’s why you should care more about federal policy

Additive Manufacturing Coalition and America Makes campaign for policy updates that recognize the importance of additive manufacturing in aerospace and defense.

As additive manufacturing (AM) continues to evolve and mature as a technology and as an industry, engineers need to keep up with the latest developments. For the most part, that means staying on top of technical knowledge, training, upskilling and other workforce trends. There is no industry, after all, without the people powering it.

Outside of design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) and other such concerns about bringing new AM capabilities into consideration from conception, engineers would do well to pay attention to an issue that may often seem outside their niche: Policy.

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