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3D In DC: A Conversation With Congress

By TJ McCueFriday, October 17, 2014
Manufacturing

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The public hears a lot about the future of manufacturing from the Oval Office and has seen President Obama highlight some key 3D printing and 3D design businesses helping the economy. As a Washington State resident, I wondered if I could have a quick conversation with my representative’s office in DC: Congressman Derek Kilmer.

On short notice, they agreed to spend a few minutes and give me a tour. Congressman Kilmer was not available due to the House not in session, but I talked 3D with the staff and how his office has supported various bills to strengthen 3D technology within manufacturing, to increase jobs, and similar issues. 

One of the most interesting things that I learned is that there are tunnels connecting many of the buildings so that politicians and their staffs can quickly get from place to place. Along one of the tunnel walls is an ongoing art exhibit, selected from a high school student submission from each congressman’s district. I suggested that they change this from time to time and make it a 3D art exhibit and pointed out how many of these students are likely using a smartphone camera and could easily do a project with 123D Catch

Thanks to Congressman Derek Kilmer and his DC staff for all the help and information!

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