People around the world are stunned at a video showing President of the United States, Barack Obama, having his bust created using the latest 3D scanning and 3D printing technology.
This is a major coup for the 3D printing industry because many people are still in the dark at how important this growing technology is. The White House knows that the implications of what 3D printing can do are game changing in the way we’ll be doing everything in the near future. Having the President pose and showing via a video the process behind it allows for the public to be educated on the basics of the technology.
With this new process, we have been shown that we can build everything from minute mechanical devices to giant industry parts. Some are even building houses to the speed of ten a day in China. That technology alone is zooming ahead at light speed it seems. Repairing major parts, medical applications such as the idea of 3D printing organs is well underway. If these applications all prove out, the world as we know it will be changed forever. Rapid creation and deployment of well needed things and even making household items and arts and crafts as well.
The Obama bust video shows in detail how the process works. In is 2013 State of the Union address the President mentioned the importance of 3D printing. His assessment was nothing short of extraordinary regarding the possible applications of the technology. That sure set eyebrows to arching and jaws to dropping as ever since then every month several breakthrough applications of 3D printing emerge stunning industry pros and fans and analysts alike.
To emphasize the importance of 3D printing, the White House has focused attention to their Maker Movement. This is an initiative to get people and companies to be more productive and creative. The White House even has a 3D printed Ornament Design Challenge in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.
The Presidential 3D printed bust comes via the Smithsonian headed 3D team using Autodesk and 3DSystems in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.
This is a big moment for 3D printing. It shows that the government has their finger on the pulse of the movers and the shakers of the industry. Add to that the halls of academia and one of the world’s greatest museums, the Smithsonian, we’re talking about an event that is leading to a series of changes in the way manufacturing will be done. It really looks like something like from out of the Star Trek television and movies and the U.S., is obviously now in the lead and growing.