What’s the hot topic in Washington, DC? The rise of 3D printing and how it is creating opportunities for small businesses! This was the subject of discussion before the House Small Business Committee on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2014.
Jon Cobb, Stratasys Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and 20-year veteran of the 3D printing industry, was invited to give testimony on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
The House Small Business Committee is chaired by Representative Sam Graves of Montana.
“3D printing has become more affordable within the last ten years, allowing small businesses and entrepreneurs to utilize this technology in innovative ways,” said Chairman Graves. “With any widespread emergence of a new technology, a discussion of future policies and regulations tends to arise. This hearing will provide an avenue to learn more about the technology and discuss how Washington policymakers can best respond."
In his testimony, Cobb discussed how 3D printing has helped small business save money by revolutionizing the usual development and prototyping processes. “We take pride in stories like this,” he said. “To us, they demonstrate that we are not just in the business of producing 3D machines, we are also helping empower entrepreneurs by bringing manufacturing into their homes and workplaces.”
Cobb also spoke about 3D printing initiatives in education, and how the technology is preparing the next generation of students in design, engineering and other fields to meet the demands of the 21st century.
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