There are organizations around the world that want to encourage an environment of local manufacturing.
One such organization is America Makes (http://www.americamakes.us), a premier national accelerator
for the 3D printing industry that encourages the growth of US-based manufacturing. A private/public initia-
tive formed in 2012, America Makes aims to bring back local jobs and manufacturing to the USA through the
application of Advanced Additive Manufacturing (another name for 3D printing).
But job candidates will have to adapt. Local job seekers, wanting local manufacturing jobs, will have to
acquire new skills that prepare them to work in this new manufacturing environment. Candidates entering
this workforce will have more opportunities if they are proficient in CAD modeling, 3D printing management,
and the related technologies.
MEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF 3D PRINTING
This next section highlights the affects 3D printing has and will have in the medical community, perhaps one
of the biggest early adopters of this technology.
We couldn’t write this book without mentioning the contribution 3D printing has made in the fight against the
Covid-19 pandemic. In the beginning of 2020, Covid-19 had negative repercussions in every industry. One of
the earliest industries to be the most vulnerable was the medical sector. This industry was caught by sur-
prise and the need for both PPE (personal protective equipment) and other medical equipment exceeded the
supply on hand.
When the government and hospitals ran out of these
supplies, the 3D printing industry rushed in and
started prototyping and making everything from nasal
swabs to ventilator machines parts. The speed and
sense of urgency felt throughout our industry was
palpable, inspiring, and humbling. Many thousands
of engineers, companies and hobbyists donated their
time to make anything that was in shortage. Soon 3D
printed face shields, ventilators, and later, test swabs
were available to those that desperately needed them.
Figure 16-6 shows the face shields we made and
donated to the UCSF medical hospital. That donation
was a fraction of what they needed but they were still
Now more than ever, the importance of 3D print-
ing and on-demand manufacturing can’t be ignored as critical gaps were filled when traditional supply
chains fell short. As the 3D printing industry offered, many times at no cost, to develop, make and
distribute critical supplies that were not being met by the traditional supply chains, the world saw the
value in local manufacturing at speed that met the demand.
FIGURE 166: Open source face shields 3D printed and assembled by HoneyPoint3D on our Prusa Printers (https://www.prusa3d.com/
covid19/) and sent for donation to the UCSF hospital.
FIGURE 167: A door opener and button pusher developed using 3D printing technology in order to keep the user germ free.
FIGURE168: 3D printed replacement parts that were critically
needed to run medical equipment.
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