Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp

August 01, 2016 | Categories: America Makes News

Helping those who have sacrificed for us

Through a Impact Challenge grant, 
America Makes and 3D Veterans bring hands-on, 
project-based technology training to U.S. veterans 
during six-week Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp.

On Monday, August 1, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, 3D Veterans will hold the kick-off event for their Additive Manufacturing Bootcamp for Veterans. Through this six-week training program, 3D Veterans will teach and train military veterans on the tools and skill sets needed to compete for careers in advanced manufacturing and emerging technologies. Specifically, veterans will learn how to use design tools and 3D Printers to create assistive devices for veterans with disabilities.



DATE: Monday, August 1, 2016
TIME: begins at 11:00 AM (CDT) and ends at 1:30 PM (CDT)

PROGRAM: begins at 11:30 AM; lunch at 12:00 PM

PLACE: St. Philip’s College, 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, San Antonio, TX 78203



America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in cooperation with the 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has received a grant to create training centers for U.S. military veterans to learn the basics of creating personalized assistive technologies, (i.e. 3D printing, CAD drawing, and 3D scanning). These skills will be useful as they return to an increasingly digital workforce.

The grant is part of the Google Impact Challenge / Disabilities program. 
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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 David Schnepp, Co-Founder of 3D Veterans, “Providing our veterans in-depth, hands-on training in 3D Printing and the various supporting technologies such as 3D scanning and design software, gives them many of the necessary skill sets required in the digital workplace. We are excited to work with America Makes on this very important and high-impact initiative.”

Leading the six-week bootcamp in San Antonio will be 3D Veterans Co-Founder, Michael Moncada. “This bootcamp will feature project-based learning activities. Participants will design and create prototypes for assisted devices that can have real impact for disabled veterans. As the program expands, these prototypes can be used to demonstrate quality-of-life improvements and eventually become real products.”

“This bootcamp is the first of what is expected to be many more training bootcamps held in other locations around the country. America Makes is excited to be working with 3D Veterans on this very important workforce development initiative. The veterans participating in the bootcamp will receive hands-on project-based training that demonstrates how 3D Printing is being used to create custom assistive technology devices that have a positive impact,” says Leanne Gluck, Deputy Director for Workforce and Educational Outreach with America Makes.

“America Makes and NCDMM are proud to be part of this very important initiative,” explained America Makes Founding Director and NCDMM Executive Director, Ralph Resnick. “We are incredibly honored to be giving back to our veteran community through a workforce development effort of this kind. Working together with funding partners, government agencies, and private companies in this high-impact project for our veterans demonstrates the strength of collaboration and the success we can realize when we work together for a common purpose.”
About 3D Veterans
3D Veterans is an organization designed to empower Veterans using emerging technologies and proven learning concepts with goals of achieving self-sustainability, career marketability, and innovative problem solving skills. For more information about 3D Veterans, 

About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). 
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The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at


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