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3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a rapidly expanding technology. Every industry from aerospace to dentistry is exploring how these methods can be used to transform their businesses. As industry shifts its focus to additive, policymakers are also moving their attention to its potential economic impact.

On March 16, College of Engineering faculty Jack Beuth and Adam Feinberg, along with Vice Provost for Research Gary Fedder participated in a congressional briefing to the House Manufacturing Caucus and the Maker Caucus titled “Additive manufacturing/3-D printing: transforming industry, creating new economic opportunity.” Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and America Makes in Washington, D.C., the briefing examined how additive manufacturing is transforming U.S. industry and creating new economic opportunity.

Beuth, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the NextManufacturing Center, discussed the future of metals additive manufacturing and how industry and academia can take advantage of the technology. Feinberg, associate professor of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering, covered 3-D bioprinting for medical applications and his research in 3-D printing human tissue.