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On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Public Knowledge will host its third annual 3D/DC event on Capitol Hill. The 3D printing community includes small startups, academic researchers, multi-million dollar companies, and everyone in between. This event will feature a wide array of participants from across the country representing the diverse 3D printing community.
3D printing is a technology that turns digital files into physical objects. Once you design an object on your computer, a 3D printer builds it, layer by layer, out of plastic, powder, metal, or some other material. In 2011, Public Knowledge held the first 3D/DC and has been growing it in the years that followed. Last year’s 3D/DC event even featured a host of 3D printers. And this May, 3D printing returns to Washington, DC in full force.
Attendees of last year’s event included members of Congress, Congressional staff, and the public. Last year, more than twenty 3D printing companies, organizations, and user groups came to DC to showcase their equipment and the innovative work they are doing in this field. This year, we are expecting an increased number of 3D printing participants. Attendees will have the opportunity to converse with participants and see the technology in action.
This event will be a reception, open to the public, held in the Capitol Visitor’s Center. RSVP and attendance information can be found here.
The following can be attributed to Martyn Griffen, Government Affairs Associate at Public Knowledge:
"3D/DC is one of the ways the Public Knowledge brings the concerns and questions regarding emerging technologies to Capital Hill. As 3D printing becomes more mainstream it's important that members of Congress see it as a general purpose technology that could be used to enhance the lives of millions of people."