UK creates national center for 3D printing

It seems that more governments are jumping on the 3D printing bandwagon as the next "big thing" to drive their economies. The UK is the latest country to announce the creation of a national center to promote 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), in cooperation with global companies such as Airbus and General Electric, according to a report in the Financial Times.

According to the FT report, the government is providing significant funding to develop an additive manufacturing center to "support the development of new products for jet engines, where the UK is a leading player because of Rolls-Royce." The center will be located in Coventry next to the Manufacturing Technology Centre, "an organization funded from public and private money that backs new technologies in manufacturing," according to the Financial Times.

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) was created almost two years ago with the goal of creating more jobs and to "kick start the next industrial revolution." While the success of that goal remains up for debate, there is no doubt that 3D printing technology has fueled tremendous interest in the possibilities of this technology in a wide range of industrial and consumer uses.

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