Native throughout North America, the American Badger and Coyote would appear to be natural enemies, both carnivores competing for the same food sources. However, they have forged an unusual association, one that is born out of pure ingenuity.
The American Badger is competent at digging, typically pursuing prey underground in burrows. Yet its lumbering body and short legs are not designed for the swiftness necessary to catch any prey flushed from burrows. The Coyote, on the other hand, is quick on its feet, pouncing or chasing prey. What the Coyote is not, is proficient at digging.
But together, these rivals make a formidable pair in the hunt, increasing the available food supply for both.
As a public-private organization, the America Makes membership community is made up of many direct competitors within the additive manufacturing industry. Much like the American Badger and Coyote, our members are working side-by-side in mutualistic relationships to advance our industry. It is in this cooperative spirit that the America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award depicts an American Badger and a Coyote.