May 11, 2017
America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with 3D Veterans, has received a Google.org grant to expand the Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp for veterans created last fall to teach U.S. military veterans 3D printing, CAD drawing, 3D scanning, and traditional manufacturing. These skills will be useful as veterans return to an increasingly digital workforce in the high-demand advanced manufacturing industry.
This year's program will take place in the summer in Pittsburgh, Pa., where military veterans locally and nationally will begin a four-week Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp developed by 3D Veterans, America Makes, GE CATA, and Robert Morris University. Through this four-week training program, the military veteran students will learn how to use design tools and metal 3D printers to enter the additive manufacturing workforce for some of the largest organizations in the world. Veterans who attend will receive a $500 stipend at the completion of the program.
Do you know a veteran who might be interested? Send them to 3DVeterans.com to apply to the program.
The mission of 3D Veterans is to train and mentor veterans in 3D Printing technologies to lead innovation and growth in this revolutionary industry. According to Michael Moncada, Co-Founder of 3D Veterans, "This bootcamp will allow our nations heroes the opportunity to learn additive manufacturing skillsets and tools from the leaders in this exciting industry, and will surely give our veterans an advantage at great career opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing. We are excited to work with America Makes, GE CATA, Robert Morris, and all the partners that assisted us in developing this program."
A highlight of the four-week bootcamp will be spending one-week at General Electric's state-of-the-art Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) facility. The hands-on exercises and projects will be led by Kirk Rogers, Technology Leader, GE CATA. "We are excited to work with all our partners to give U.S. military veterans valuable training in this growing area of advanced manufacturing."
"The power in this program lies in the collaboration between industry, academia and training partners," said Leanne Gluck, the Deputy Director for Workforce and Education at America Makes. "Because of these strong relationships, the 3D Veterans program delivers a hands-on experience with relevant technology, teaching skills linked directly to industry needs and demands. America Makes is excited for the second regional 3D Veterans Bootcamp, and looks forward to opportunities to expand and roll it out nationally."