About this episode:

“Never before, in the history of manufacturing, can you impact a supply chain with a piece of equipment in your garage or your home office. … You have the opportunity to build something special and make that a career.”

-Andrew Resnick, America Makes

In the fight against the COVID-19 Coronavirus, some people are sewing face masks and brewing hand-sanitizer. Others are tinkering with additive technology like 3D printers, to make protective face shields for health care workers.

Additive manufacturing is a future of work game-changer

Andrew Resnick is the Director of Communications & Public Affairs for America Makes, the nation’s leading collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. He thinks that additive manufacturing technology, like 3D printing, will become a big future of work trend and a way for people to serve the greater good.

Right now, additive manufacturers are filling in critical supply chain gaps for personal protective equipment (PPE) required by our front-line healthcare professionals.

In this episode, Andrew:

  • Describes America Makes and its mission. Starts at 2:44
  • Defines additive manufacturing. Starts at 3:44
  • Explains how makers are responding to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis. Starts at 6:17
  • Provides examples of how people tinkering with 3D printers can do something for the greater good. Starts at 11:51
  • Discusses maker-career opportunities. Starts at 15:50

About our guest:

Andrew Resnick received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University and a Masters of Arts in Government/Political Communications from The Johns Hopkins University. He lives and works in the Youngstown, Ohio area.

EPISODE DATE: April 17, 2020

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Image credits: Healthcare worker wearing protective face shield, C2 Imaging for Flickr; 3D printer, kynny for iStock Photo; Andrew Resnick portrait, America Makes.