America Makes has developed the Additive Manufacturing Workforce and Educational Outreach Roadmap to identify measurable and meaningful challenges that, when met, promote inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and technical advancements across the industry.
To create this Roadmap, America Makes first held in-person workshops and activities where members engaged in a series of methodologies to generate and categorize education and training needs. Working in teams, they documented hundreds of need statements and identified affinities, which ultimately converged on a curated set of concepts.
The outcome resulted in America Makes successfully identifiying those concepts that are most suitable for public-private partnership projects, versus those that are more ideal for industry.
The resulting America Makes Additive Manufacturing Workforce and Educational Outreach Roadmap is broken down into the following five focus areas:
To increase the 3D Printing and additive manufacturing literacy of current users, students at all levels, academics, government/policy stakeholders, the general public, and companies potentially interested in adopting the technology by increasing their familiarity with the technology, its value, and its benefits.
The following Critical Training Elements under Knowledge & Awareness include:
- Extracurricular STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Programs
- Learning Media
- Seminars, webinars, and conferences
- Case studies
To increase the proficiency of current usrs, students at all levels, academics, the general public, and companies potentially interested in adopting the technology by using 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies as a creative or problem solving tool.
The following Critical Training Elements under Competency & Skills include:
- Classroom-based learning
- E-learning courses
- Capstone projects
- Instructor-led labs
- Maker spaces and fab labs
To strengthen and apply additive manufacturing knowledge and skills of students, inventors/entrepreneurs, product designers, and industry participants, by solving a variety of real-world problems.
The following Critical Training Elements under Industry Experience include:
- Co-ops & internships
- Application-specific training
- Industrial experience accelerators
To ensure and grow a stable pipeline of talent by developing tools which link students and industry participants to employer needs.
The following Critical Training Elements under Individual Advancement include:
- Career development tools
- Employer needs
- Scholarships & fellowships
To help drive the rate and scale of adoption of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies across the USA by driving consistency and integration of knowledge, skills, and experience and developing efficient channels of distribution.
The following Critical Training Elements under Scaling & Diffusion include:
- Tech transfer to SMB's
- Training clearing house
- Value analysis
- Grand challenge
- Talent supply chain optimization