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Due 3Diligence: Utilizing Additive Manufacturing in Future Crises

Posted on Feb 05, 2021 by Kieran Vaughn

Interview Series: America Makes Future of the Supply Chain Expert Q&A

Discussion 5: Utilizing Additive Manufacturing in Future Crises

The sixth segment of the America Makes Future of the Supply Chain Q&A interview focuses on how we can build on the lessons of the Covid-19 scenario to better utilize and deploy additive manufacturing on a governmental level during crises. Follow John Wilczynski (Executive Director, America Makes), Michael Shannon (Senior Manager, Hewlett-Packard), Lou Rassey (CEO, Fast Radius), Cullen Hilkene (CEO, 3Diligent), and Terry Wohlers (President, Wohlers Associates) on an in-depth discussion, and stay tuned for future videos in our series.

Talking Points

  1. Covid-19 range a lot of alarm bells for the government, and we are seeing some pockets already embracing this change. For America to be competitive in a world of constant tech advancement, and prepared for crises in general, it needs to competent in robotics and digital manufacturing.
  2. Communication is they way to open a channel between government and industry to show how 3D Printing can offer flexible solutions for addressing crises. National stockpiles can be further supported and made more flexible through utilizing 3D Printing and digital inventories.
  3. Orchestrating supply and demand can be difficult, and currently the inefficiencies need to be addressed to take advantage of idle factories. It will be crucial for the government to upgrade the Defense Production Act and its deployment for the digital age.
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