Last night’s State of the Union by President Obama largely centered around economic themes, a number of which called for a reinvestment in American manufacturing. In one section of his speech, Obama hailed companies like Caterpillar, Ford, and Apple who have launched efforts to bring jobs back to the United States from overseas. He also cited new trends in manufacturing in economically depressed areas like Youngstown, Ohio, where a once-closed warehouse is now working on projects using additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing.
Obama’s nods to manufacturing efforts echoed the words of General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who spoke with The Atlantic on how a reenergized and technology-savvy American workforce have enticed his company.
Immelt also talked about the potential of 3D printing and how such practices could be a “holy grail” for American manufacturing.