“I’m very excited to work with the members of America Makes to figure out how to get MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers within reach of every student.”Enabling the technical prowess of tomorrow’s makers is a goal we all can share. And with America Makes as a driving force, 3D printing will have an even greater impact in the classrooms of today.
A Leader Among Leaders We’re excited to report that MakerBot CEO, Bre Pettis, was the featured guest speaker at the keynote presentation at the America Makes Management Review meeting today in Youngstown, Ohio. The organization formerly known as The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), America Makes is a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, and workforce development resources. Its aim is to accelerate additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies, and increase the global manufacturing competitiveness of the U.S. Ralph Resnick, the founding director of America Makes, and president and executive of the NCDMM, described Bre as “a visionary and successful entrepreneur in the desktop 3D printing industry.” The Renaissance in Education—and a New Name Bre addressed an audience poised to make additive manufacturing—the process that MakerBot 3D printers use to build things—a crucial part of all American manufacturing. His first order of business was to announce the institute’s new name, America Makes, which went into effect today. He went on to express his enthusiasm for 3D printing’s potential to accelerate education. After the event, he summed it up by saying: