Partnerships Are Key, Says Congressman

Relationships among manufacturing institutions can energize a region and can contribute to the closing of the skills gap.

Arguably the congressman most closely connected to additive manufacturing is Tim Ryan. There are 435 voting members of the House of Representatives, but he alone has the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in his district.

Mr. Ryan recently spoke with me about both additive manufacturing and the skills gap affecting manufacturing in general. Partnerships are key to both, he says. A pre-existing partnership among local engineering institutions is a major reason he cites for why his region was chosen as the location for NAMII. And partnerships between manufacturers and learning institutions will allow the former to shape school curricula so that students develop the very skills that manufacturers will increasingly need. Read the interview here.