Here's an important bit of 3D printing news that directly supports entrepreneurs of this fast-growing technological field, you now have the support of Congress. Announced in late February of this year, a quorum of four Congressmen dedicated to the development of the "makers" community right here in the United States, established the Congressional Maker Causus.
The initial bi-partisan group founded by Congressmen Tim Ryan (D) of Ohio's 13th district, Steve Stivers (R) of Ohio's 15th district, Mark Takano (D) of California's 41st district and Mick Mulvaney (R) of South Carolina's 5th district, aims to buttress the potential of new technologies to revolutionize American manufacturing and to expedite new business ventures in the name of improving the domestic economy. This caucus recognizes that tools, such as 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser cutters are filled with business potential, and twenty-first century manufacturing know-how that should be developed in America first. Congressman Ryan was a key member in establishing America Makes, the nation’s institute dedicated to 3D printing technology. At this evolving and growing stage for the Maker movement, such a voice in Congress will be a powerful ally in spurring on new growth and an easing of business development obstacles.
Congressman Mark Takano, of California's Inland Empire, said: "with global competition increasing, developing new industries right here in the United States could not be more important. The Congressional Makers Caucus looks to harness the power of America’s best and brightest and advocate for America’s maker community in the halls of Congress and I am thrilled to be a co-founder."
The activities of the caucus can be found regularly at their twitter page, handle: @MakerCaucus. Most recently Congressman Takano contributed to an event on September 18th, entitled: Making the Future: 21st Century "STEAM" Powered Entrepreneurs. Panelists discussed how maker tools have never before been this accessible to almost everyone. STEAM education, which is available for free to students and schools nationwide, provides training in new maker tool software. This training along with the accessible technology, think 3D printers, will enable an entire generation of up and coming makers to create new products – developing both marketable products and starting viable local businesses.